JOHN J. CLAYTON

Short Stories
Ten interwoven stories. Each can be read separately but all emanate from a morning minyan at a synagogue in Brookline, MA. Ten stories, ten major characters. One, Sam Schulman, appears often.
A collection of ten new stories. 2014
Runner-up for National Jewish Book Award in 1998
Short stories, mostly Jewish including those appearing in O.Henry and Best American Stories collections. 1984
Novels
Boston businessman Adam Friedman goes a little crazy—or becomes a little holy—after the death of his beloved wife. 2011
A novel about Jewish heritage and criminal evil. 2007
Story of a gentle, liberal professor who has to cope with a man of violence. 1998
Love story of a seventies radical and an older woman. 1979

Minyan

Ten stories. Each can be read on its own, but they all emanate from a morning minyan at a synagogue in Brookline, MA. Ten characters

These ten probing fictions explore spiritual and emotional growth, coming of age, the impact of death in a family. The stories “Many Seconds into the Future” and “All the Children are Isaac” are tragic; others like “The Name Changer” are comic. The fact of being Jewish is significant in some; in others, Judaism is simply the cultural background of the characters. Many of the stories were originally published in Commentary, Notre Dame Review, Sewanee Review, Missouri Review and The Journal.


In the ten gorgeous stories that comprise Many Seconds Into The Future John Clayton has proven once again that he is not just a master writer, but a master of breaking and mending the reader’s heart. I read these stories in one great and terrible rush. I wanted to stop and savor the beauty on every page. I want to stop, take a breath and turn from the human sorrow. But these stories have such powerful momentum, such essential and true gravitas that there was no stopping. I needed to keep reading. And then I read them each again. The world here, dark as it can be, glitters. There is a lifetime of knowing in this book.

~ Victoria Redel, author of Make Me Do Things, Loverboy, The Border of Truth


John Clayton is a mystic, a seer, a magi, and yet he doesn't know all, or care to. Within the mysteries lie the hearts of these great stories. His people are as real as ours, and we worry over them, listen to them, laugh with them, most of all feel with them. No writer evokes emotion like John Clayton, from tears to joy, from shock to acceptance, and Many Seconds Into the Future is a testament to faith, compassion, and the power of love.

~ Bill Roorbach, author of Life Among Giants, The Remedy for Love, Big Bend


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Ten interwoven stories. Characters reappear, POV characters differ story to story