KEN PISANI, writer guy



"Complete with painfully wry observations and delightfully caustic wit, this novel is a gritty exploration of what it's like to feel incomplete in the world. All five fingers up for this bitterly satisfying tale."

– Kirkus starred review (read full review here)

“‘AMP’D’ is a lot like life—sad and funny and messy and weird, occasionally all at the same time. What really makes this novel work is Pisani’s ability to tell a good story, one that doesn’t heavily imbibe on worn out tropes or easy answers.”

Chicago Review of Books (read full review here)

"With lighthearted brevity and wit, Pisani manages to pull his ragtag crew [of characters] through dark times—-grief, depression, hopelessness, death, and even extinction—-in the most entertaining and ridiculous ways."

Publishers Weekly (read full review here)

“This is the sound of one hand clapping for AMP’D. Profane, sweet, funny.”

New York Times best-selling author Patton Oswalt

"I don't like novels but I liked this one, which made me mad. And happy. Lots of mixed emotions here, if I'm being honest. Hilarious and heart-breaking. I missed the characters after the book ended. Make them come back, Mr. Pisani. Make them come back now. I have a knife.”

— Jenny Lawson, New York Times best-selling author of Furiously Happy

“Brilliant. Great prose, great characters—vivid and really, really different.  I loved all the strange stuff. The circumstances were unique, and I really cared about the characters. Astoundingly good.”

— W. Bruce Cameron, New York Times best-selling author of A Dog’s Purpose and 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter

“Darkly funny and highly entertaining, a perfect blend of humor and sorrow AMP’D is the type of book that you ration out because you never want it to end.”

— Dan Marshall, author of Home is Burning, an Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2015

“All thumbs up. I admired the voice, the quirkiness of the situation, the quickness of pace, and the characters possess a tenderness that is saving. AMP’D falls into a tradition of voice: Vonnegut comes to mind, but so does J.P. Donleavy, Catcher in the Rye, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, A Fan’s Notes. It feels like a modern novel with modern issues.”

— Joseph Monninger, author of fourteen novels and three nonfiction books, two-time NEA fellowship recipient

“Alternately poignant and wryly funny . . . Pisani’s portrait of a disabled man self-deprecatingly embracing his own brokenness is oddly compelling and understatedly comical.”


“I can't tell you how brilliantly funny Pisani's book is! AMP’D is a must read!”

— Jane Metzler, FOX News Radio

“One of the funniest, most devastating, and insightful novels you'll read all year.”

— Ian Simmons, “Kicking the Seat” podcast

“It's vivid and vital and funny and gutsy—but unfortunately, we won't be able to accept it for publication.”

— McSweeney’s rejection letter

“I hope you'll understand if I decline [to read your book]. I’m no judge of fiction.”

— Mitchell Zuckoff, award-winning author of Lost in Shangri-La and 13 Hours, Ken’s college roommate apparently still mad at him for that thing





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AMP’D,” a los angeles times best-selling novel

and RUNNER-UP for the 2017 thurber prize for american humor