Don Robertson is one of those “Greatest Writers You Never Heard Of” stories, except that in his case it’s actually true. He really is a great writer, and the fact that he remains virtually unknown to the reading public is a sad, sad state of affairs. It is difficult to account for Robertson’s lack of fanfare, although it may simply be because he writes about everyday people in everyday situations, the kind of tales publishing companies generally do not get behind with their big guns. Regardless, I have never given out one of his books and failed in creating a convert.
While considerable attention is given every year to coming of age novels such as The Catcher in the Rye, Robertson’s own trilogy, which spans the early maturity of Morris Bird III from nine to seventeen, far outstrips the better known competition. These novels have finally been re-released in paperback, and if we are lucky they will find their way into the hands of as many young men and women as Catcher.
Robertson is a brilliant, warm, hilarious and often heart-breaking novelist. His voice deserves to be heard.
Don Robertson Books to Read:
The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread, The Sum and Total of Now, The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened, Flag Full of Stars, Paradise Falls, The Ideal Genuine Man.
Don Robertson Links: