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August 1, 2012

Ilan Mochari’s debut novel, Zinsky the Obscure, now available for pre-order on

Zinsky the Obscure, Ilan Mochari’s debut novel (Fomite Press), is now available for pre-order on Ilan's official Author Page is also on Amazon.


"A powerful debut with Dickensian touches in its heartbreaking and occasionally humorous chronicle of the life of a modern young man." --Kirkus Reviews

“A terrific novel, whose pileup of emotional honesty is visceral and powerfully real -- just try to look away.” –Dara Horn, National Jewish Book Award winning author of In The Image, The World to Come, and All Other Nights, and two-time New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice selection

“An intriguing combination of heartbreaking gentleness and strikingly raw physicality. Zinsky the Obscure is a confidently elegant, shocking excavation of a young man's journey. Intelligent, humorous, provocative, and sometimes -- disarmingly disturbing.” – Lydia Diamond, award-winning playwright of Stick Fly and Harriet Jacobs

“Ariel Zinksy rides that fine line between hopeless romantic and hateful cynic, though never fully gives into either. He is full of the heartbreak, foibles, and generosity in all of us. Mochari does not shy away from the parts of love, both familial and romantic, that are brutal, nor the parts that make living worthwhile.” – Kim Freeman, author of Love American Style: Divorce and the American Novel

“A sports-crazed, self-abusing David Copperfield for our time, Zinsky is clear-eyed and comic about his unsung existence – and in that, fully worthy of escape from obscurity.” – Ron MacLean, author of Why The Long Face and Blue Winnetka Skies, recipient of the Frederick Exley Award for Short Fiction and a multiple Pushcart Prize nominee

“With exuberant storytelling, Mochari builds a plausible bridge between child abuse and obsessive sports fandom.” – Virginia Vitzthum, author of I Love You, Let’s Meet and My Blind Date Went Blind

“In this effortlessly literary novel, Mochari gives full life to a man both self-involved and brilliantly self-aware.” – Nancy Bernhard, author of The Very Best Intentions

Ilan Mochari’s short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Keyhole, Stymie, Oysters & Chocolate, and Ruthie’s Club. Another short story, “The Father I Knew,” was a finalist in a Glimmer Train competition.



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