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Original Language: English | 205 pp. | March 2016

2 Seas represents: Dutch, French and Nordic rights.


A breakout book of short stories that packs a wicked punch…. These 17 well-crafted tales, most first person, most short, are tight, funny, and bizarre—each is its own absurd world made real…. -sharp, shiny, and dangerous. Dark, grim, and sardonically funny, Jodzio’s stories stick like gum to the side of your brain and won’t shake loose. Kirkus Reviews

If Minneapolis has a literary rock star, it’s John Jodzio. —StarTribune

Knockout is full of memorable outcasts, underdogs, losers, and oddballs — and the wondrously imaginative John Jodzio sets these lonely, alienated souls loose in a darkly absurd world that’s simultaneously humorous, perverse, and moving. —J Ryan Stradal, author of the New York Times bestselling novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Knockout is the unified collection of stories that create flawless portraits of deeply flawed figures on the edge of the American Dream. A recovering drug addict gets tricked into stealing a tiger. A man buys a used sex chair from his neighbor. A woman suffering from agoraphobia raises her son completely indoors An alcoholic runs a bed and breakfast with the son from his deceased wife’s first marriage. These people will admit that their chances have passed them by. These people know they were born on the wrong side of the tracks, and their dreams will remain unreachable, but that doesn’t stop them from dreaming. Yet readers won’t be fooled by the funny premises —Jodzio steers these stories into deeper places, creating a brilliant examination of those on the fringes of modern life.

With its quirky humor, compelling characters, and unexpected sincerity, Knockout by John Jodzio is poised to become his breakout book, drawing a wide readership to this provocative and talented young writer.