Ilan Mochari, author of Zinsky the Obscure, on tour July 2013

Posted By on May 16, 2013

Zinsky the ObscureAbout Zinsky the Obscure

• Paperback: 358 pages
• Publisher: Fomite (April 15, 2013)

Thirty-year-old Manhattan bachelor Ariel Zinsky is still recovering from his abusive childhood when he realizes no one — including his few living relatives — is truly interested in his narrative. While they numb themselves with the latest celebrity rehab story or the third-world atrocities replayed without ceasing on cable news, he sets out to write his autobiography as an exercise in his own self-medication, recasting himself as the hero in a coming-of-age story. Fans of A Confederacy of Dunces and The Perks of Being a Wallflower will relate to this tale of overcoming your childhood’s traumas, and the world’s indifference to them.

Warning: this book contains graphic sexual content and violence; it may not be suitable for all readers.

Praise for Zinsky the Obscure

“A powerful debut with Dickensian touches in its heartbreaking and occasionally humorous chronicle of the life of a modern young man.” – Kirkus Reviews

“This wry debut novel takes on the classic coming-of-age saga, and it makes the reader rethink common assumptions about how young people get from here to there.” – Booklist

“This eloquent novel from Mochari…is both bleak and affecting.” – Publishers Weekly

“Brutally funny….forged from the same literary hearth that has given us such delightful and fussy oddballs as Ignatius J. Reilly, Don Quixote, and Kilgore Trout….this book has the scope of something like Irving’s The World According to Garp. It also has that book’s heart. ” – DigBoston

“A terrific novel, whose pileup of emotional honesty is visceral and powerfully real — just try to look away.” – Dara Horn, National Jewish Book Award winner and two-time New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice selection

Zinsky the Obscure was chosen by Radio Boston as one of their Good Reads for the Summer!

Ilan MochariAbout Ilan Mochari

Ilan Mochari’s novel, Zinsky the Obscure (Fomite Press), has earned rave reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and Booklist. Ilan’s short stories have appeared in Keyhole, Stymie and Ruthie’s Club. He is a contributor to Cognoscenti, the online magazine for Boston’s NPR News Station. He has a B.A. in English from Yale University. He used it to wait tables for nine years in the Boston area.

Find out more about Ilan and Zinksy the Obscure at You can read a review of Zinsky the Obscure in DigBoston, as well as an interview with the author. Check out the radio interview as well.

Ilan’s Tour Stops

Thursday, July 11th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf

Wednesday, July 17th: Must Read Faster

Sunday, July 28th: 50 Books Project

Monday, July 29th: Turn the Page

Tuesday, July 30th: Wag the Fox – guest post

Wednesday, July 31st: The Relentless Reader

Thursday, August 1st: Giraffe Days

Thursday, August 8th: The Feminist Texican [Reads]

Tuesday, August 13th: Lance Mannion

Monday, August 19th: Conceptual Reception


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