John Fried

John Fried


the martin chronicles

"Wise and winning, The Martin Chronicles is a sumptuous evocation of those adolescent afternoons when every moment was equally fraught and full of possibility. A charming, marvelous debut."

–– Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of The Underground Railroad


 "A beautiful debut. The Martin Chronicles transforms a series of adolescent snapshots into a raw, unforgettable mosaic."

–– Stephen Chbosky, New York Times bestselling author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower


"A funny, tender, honest coming-of-age story, brimming with heart."

–– Julianna Baggott, nationally bestselling author of The Seventh Book of Wonders


"Fried's lighthearted humor shines through...offers playful moments and an evocative atmosphere."

–– Publishers Weekly


“Fried infuses every page with warmth and wonder.”

–– Booklist

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John Fried’s short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including The Gettysburg Review, North American Review, and Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. He teaches creative writing at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and received his MFA from Warren Wilson College’s Program for Writers. Prior to teaching, he was a magazine writer and editor in New York, and his work appeared in various publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, New York, Time, and Real Simple.

Photo: Thurner Photography

Photo: Thurner Photography