Via Negativa

Daniel Hornsby (Author)

Product Details

$23.95  $22.03
Knopf Publishing Group
Publish Date
August 11, 2020
5.1 X 7.6 X 1.0 inches | 0.79 pounds

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About the Author

DANIEL HORNSBY was born in Muncie, Indiana. He holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan, and an MTS from Harvard Divinity School. His stories and essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, The Missouri Review, and Joyland. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee.


"A beautiful and meditative exploration of shattered faith. Daniel Hornsby follows a damaged priest's journey through the American heartland after a disturbing discovery shakes his belief in the church to which he has devoted his life. A quietly devastating book from an exciting new voice."
--Brit Bennett, author of The Mothers

"Daniel Hornsby's Via Negativa is a novel of daring possibilities. As brief as it is, its scope is as large as an epic as it tackles questions of theology, spirituality, and modernity, amongst others, in prose shot through with humor and grace. It is an assured novel waiting patiently to be noticed."
--Chigozie Obioma, author of The Fishermen and An Orchestra of Minorities

"In Via Negativa, a retired priest living 'on the edge of the outside' drives across the country with an injured coyote in the backseat, reckoning with his demons and the question of what we owe to other people. This quietly wise and graceful novel knows so much about what we don't know, about visions and signs and everyday tragedy, 'the cloud of unknowing.' A book to savor in lonely times."
--Elisa Gabbert, author of The Unreality of Memory

"I loved this book. In a remarkable feat of storytelling, Daniel Hornsby fuses the great American road novel with a harrowing dissection of contemporary Catholicism, and, improbably, makes it all ridiculously fun. There's not a mannered or self-conscious sentence in this ingenious account of the current, weird America; it's generous, honest, and consistently surprising. It's a fantastic piece of work."
--Andrew Martin, author of Early Work

"Via Negativa brilliantly and profoundly reimagines the great American road trip as picaresque pilgrimage. And what company to travel in! In his heart and humor, Father Dan puts me in mind of one of Nicholson Baker's gently erudite narrators, passing both mournful and wonderstruck through this world."
--Peter Ho Davies, author of The Fortunes