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About Me: Patrick Ryan is the author of the collection of interwoven short stories SEND ME, and the young adult novels SAINTS OF AUGUSTINE and IN MIKE WE TRUST. His fiction has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies, including THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2006, The Iowa Review, Yale Review, and One Story. His first book was selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Series, and in 2006 he received a National Endowment for the Arts. Patrick works for the literary journal GRANTA and is at work on a new collection of stories. He lives in New York City.

Published Books

  • Inmikewetrus

    In Mike We Trust

    Honesty.
    He wanted it. He craved it.
    He could barely remember what it was.

    When Garth's uncle comes to visit, he's like a breath of very needed fresh air. Mike is laid-back and relaxed—and willing to accept Garth for who he is, without question. For the first time in a long while, Garth feels like he's around someone who understands him.

    But before long Garth is helping Mike with some pretty mysterious things and finds himself keeping secrets from everyone around him. He's forced to wonder: Is his uncle Mike really who he says he is, and can Garth trust him? More importantly, can Garth trust the person he's becoming?

    P. E. Ryan has crafted a clever and compelling novel that asks the question: How far will you go for your family, to find yourself?

  • Saintsofaugustine

    Saints of Augustine

    Sam and Charlie used to be best friends. But then Sam cut Charlie out of his life—no explanation, no discussion, nothing.

    Fast-forward one year, and both Sam's and Charlie's lives are spiraling out of control. Sam has a secret he's finding harder and harder to hide, and Charlie is dealing with an increasingly absent dad and a dealer whose threats are anything but empty. Now, during the sticky Florida summer before their senior year, the ex-best friends are thrown together once again when they have no one else to turn to.

    A year had passed like smoke in a breeze. Suddenly, later was now.

  • Sendme

    Send Me

    In the Florida of NASA launches, ranch houses, and sudden hurricanes, Teresa Kerrigan, ungrounded by two divorces, tries to hold her life together. But her ex-husbands linger in the background while her four children spin away to their own separate futures, each carrying the baggage of a complex family history. Matt serves as caretaker to the ailing father who abandoned him as a child, while his wild teenage sister, Karen, hides herself in marriage to a born-again salesman. Joe, a perpetual outsider, struggles with a private sibling rivalry that nearly derails him. And then there’s the youngest, Frankie, an endearing, eccentric sci-fi freak who’s been searching since childhood for intelligent life in the universe–and finds it.

    Written with wry affection, and with compassion for every character in its pages, Send Me is a wholly original, haunting evocation of family love, loss, and, ultimately, forgiveness.

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