Michael Lavigne’s work examines the intersection of the political and the personal, the mutable nature of time, and the power of loss, anger and love to transform our lives. His long-awaited second novel, THE WANTING, published by Schocken, has received brilliant reviews from the NY Times, the Toronto Star and has been called “a testament to Lavigne’s immense skills as a writer,” (Malcolm Forbes) and an “exquisite novel of longing and loss” (Dalia Sofer). His debut novel, NOT ME, was hailed as a “radiantly imagined portrait of human possibility,” (Cynthia Ozick) and a tale of “poignancy, real philosophical depth, and a thrilling momentum” (The Baltimore Sun). His third book, MR. QUANTUM’S CHRISTMAS, is planned to be out next year. A former student of social and political thought at the Unveristy of Chicago, Lavigne draws inspiration from sources as diverse as Emile Zola and Bruno Schulz, E.M. Forster and Woody Allen. But his main focus is the life of ordinary people, the relations of fathers and sons, daughters and mothers, and how they navigate a world of confused priorities and hidden agendas. To this end, he loves to communicate with his readers and relies on these interactions as a source of inspiration. (If you write him, most likely he’ll answer.) He invites you to browse this site, like him on Facebook and comment on his blog.