Killing Bryce shows the disintegration
of a family of Jack-Mormons who get
scattered across two continents like
bits of rock salt sprayed from the
muzzle of a shotgun.
"Killing Bryce is ambitious in scope.
It is downright epic. The characters
are men and women of large talents...
Tom Bradley is a writer of truly
extravagant gifts...It is remarkable to
me that anyone who writes at such
length could have an ear as fine as his
for the rhythms of prose--but every
sentence is considered, balanced and
felicitous... I'd be hard pressed to
think of any writer who has Bradley's
stamina, his range, his learning, his
-- Stephen Goodwin, author of Blood in
Killing Bryce was a finalist in the AWP
Award Series in the Novel, and was
nominated for the New York University
Acting Alone opens at a cow college in
Kansas, proceeds to holiday doings in
Kiev, Nebraska, home of a disturbed
young Marine recently released by the
Revolutionary Guards in Iran, then
spirals unpredictably toward Cheyenne
Mountain, home of NORAD (the North
American Air Defense Command) and the
convent of the Servant Sisters of Saint
Willibrord of Perpetual Adoration. There
a dangerous plot spun by a renegade
Mormon threatens to upset the
protagonist's plans for material and
marital well being.
"I found Acting Alone to have an
incredible energy level."
-- Stanley Elkin, author of A Bad Man
Written after several years of living in
the People's Republic of China, Black
Class Cur is set in that country on the
eve of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
The main characters are a former Red
Guard still trying to fight the Cultural
Revolution in a remote rural area, and
his younger brother who gets fatally
involved in the student demonstrations.
They come up against an American
"foreign expert" who represents
everything they despise, but whose
preoccupation is locating a baby to
adopt, with or without the help of a
variegated gang of third-world medical
As John Updike wrote to him, "Your China
experience should stand you in good
stead: that vast land is still terra
incognita as far as the eye of fiction
Black Class Cur was nominated for the
Editor's Book Award.
This two-part novel is set in
Hiroshima, half a century after the
Sam Edwine is being stalked through
Hiroshima by "hit-missionaries" from a
certain well-established American
pseudo-religion, whose patriarchs
suspect him of being the author of a
blasphemous book, and have declared a
western-style fatwa on his head.
"A merciless humor and tireless passion
for words not seen since the King James
Bible drive Bradley's work at bullet-
train speed through unmapped areas of
linguistic elasticity and imagination.
Readers once begun will find their
concentration hostaged from all other
diversions until they reach the last
-- David Wood, author of A Definitive
Study of Sylvia Plath's Imagery
In The Curved Jewels the Crown Princess
of Japan gets tired of her living-death
in the Imperial Palace, and escapes
with the help of a couple of shady
The world knows this woman as a
brilliant linguist and career diplomat
who somehow got coerced into marrying
the grandson of Hirohito. The novel
shows how that might have happened.
"You wanted to write a controversial
book, and you have... I doubt you'll
ever get it reviewed in Japan."
-- Donald Richie, The Japan Times