An obsessive, eloquent, bittersweet, tragicomic, and utterly persuasive meditation on the relationship between loss (the marker of human existence) and imagination (the marker of art).
--David Shields, author of Reality Hunger and The Trouble with Men: Reflections on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn, and Power
Imagine a book that captures the charm of Grace Paley, the deadpan-ness of Thomas Bernhard, and the anagogical play of Joy Williams. Impossible? No, that's John Skoyles' Driven, smashing the barriers between the here and the afterlife, the real and the imaginary, illness and health, youth and old age--all the tidy, unsatisfying categories we've constructed to trek through the day. Brilliance!
--Paul Lisicky, author of The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship.
Someday I will write a book as good as John Skoyles' Driven, I told myself in a dream. I awoke next to Skoyles in his car, laughing, weeping and marveling at his talent and grace as a writer. I plan to buy many copies of Driven and give them to friends, that they may learn what the human spirit holds and how it travels.
--Pablo Medina, author of Cubop City Blues and The Island Kingdom