The Brightwood Stillness is a novel I could not put down. On the surface, it is the lives of normal people in trying circumstances. Deeper, it is an uncannily perceptive exploration of male psychology… Pomeroy is a brave new voice capable of taking us beyond the clichés of war and its aftermath and into the secret heart of every man. This is simply the best novel I’ve read in a long time.
—Andrew X. Pham, author of Catfish and Mandala and The Eaves of Heaven
What an impressive debut—Mark Pomeroy writes well, but even better he creates people who are real and thorny, people whom the reader worries about and cares about and wants to yell at and chat with. Real people make for fine novels, and this is a real fine novel.
—Brian Doyle, author of Mink River and The Plover