Black Lawrence Press

The Consequence of Skating

The Consequence of Skating

Gillis as only Gillis can: the politics of love, human action as theater, and the dreams we dream and chase forever. The Consequence of Skating, Gillis’ fourth novel, blends politics, drama, ice skating, mountain climbing, the music industry and world affairs—not to mention artificial intelligence and G.O.D.—to create an inimitable tour de force. Centering on Mickey Greene, an actor who has fallen from grace, the novel follows Mick as he maneuvers through a series of adventures that set him on a course of reconstructing his life in a way he never before imagined.


  • "Gillis' writing is illuminatingly strange, filled with power, electric, and will stay with you long after you think you've gone to sleep."
    —Stephen Elliot
  • "Steven Gillis writes as if his life depended on it. His imagination creates a complete world: Dickens without the furniture. This great bustling book seems to embody all he knows and can intuit of the world. As common as the morning paper, as rare as piano music, Gillis' talent is transcendent."
    —Ben Cheever
  • "Steven Gillis adores language, grasps what makes and breaks a family, and loves to squeeze things until they shatter. He's the one catapulting your new plasma tv set down the street to see what happens. Richard Bausch and John McNally come to mind with a splash from John Cheever's clever martini. Most of these characters lives are train wrecks in progress. Yet you, dear reader, will get off on the surreal glow from their deer-in-the-headlight eyes."
    —Richard Peabody
  • "Steven Gillis possesses that rarest of gifts, the voice that seems to flow effortlessly. This guy makes it look easy. Read the first three pages of The Consequence of Skating, and if you're not hooked, go see a doctor."
    —Jonathan Evison
  • "I enjoyed The Consequence Of Skating a great deal, it is a very human book...I am definitely planning of seeking out Steven Gillis’ other books."
    —Simon Barrett

Steven Gillis

Steven Gillis is the author of the novels Walter Falls and The Weight of Nothing, both finalists for the Independent Publishers Book of the Year and ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year 2003 and 2005. Steve's third novel, Temporary People, was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2008, and his fourth novel, The Consequence of Skating, in 2010. Steve's stories, articles and book reviews have appeared in over three dozen journals. A 6-time Pushcart nominee and 4-time Best Of... Notable Stories nominee, a collection of Steve's stories, Giraffes, was published in February 2007. A member of the Ann Arbor Book Festival Board of Directors and a finalist for the 2007 Ann Arbor News Citizen of the Year, Steve teaches writing at Eastern Michigan University and is the founder of 826 Michigan and the co-founder of Dzanc Books in partnership with Dan Wickett. All proceeds from Steve's writing goes to Dzanc.

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