With palpable insecurities and unwavering commitment to what is an otherwise absurd cause, Minichillo has created in Jacobs an immensely endearing protagonist who grows more appealing as readers accompany him on his overwhelmingly personal and admirable pursuit...subtle and outrageous in equal measure.The L.A. Times - Susan Salter Reynolds
Minichillo uses our often cartoonish understanding of other cultures to examine the strange sparks that fly when seemingly different cultures...inhabit the same neighborhood, whaling boat, igloo or, yes, mouth of a white whale...the result is wry, dry, pure hilarity all around.
A Hey Small Press!
Best of 2011 selection:
"The funniest book we reviewed all year. A retelling of Moby-Dick that takes on the absurdity of identity and authenticity."
''John Minichillo is a brilliant new writer whose first book is a wondrous contemporary refabrication, send-up, homage to and deconstruction of another whale of a novel from long ago. It's a stunning performance by an inventive writer at the top of his game, edgy and articulate, thoroughly imagined and peopled, funny as hell, a tricky story that's a marvelous read from beginning to end.'' - Frederick Barthelme, author of 16 books including Elroy Nights
, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist
''The Snow Whale, John Minichillo's quirky, comic first novel, is an American original. The ingenious way in which the story raises levels of social issues like identity politics and environmental concern, and seamlessly integrates them with an iconic literary text is a wonder and a delight.'' - Stuart Dybek, author of I Sailed With Magellan
''It takes a lot of guts to write a (post)modern retelling of Moby Dick, but that's exactly what John Minichillo does with The Snow Whale... The result is an auspicious and hilarious debut novel. I haven't chortled this much since Roger Boylan's Killoyle. For readers who want some laughter before the oceans rise.'' - Hey, Small Press! (July Book List)
''While a white whale is, indeed, at the heart of much action throughout the narrative, Minichillo also draws on the ethos of other classic works of American literature. Jack London's To Build a Fire and Ernest Hemingway's The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber spring immediately to mind, for the novel is as much about survival -- both physical and spiritual -- as it is about whaling... Juxtaposing goofiness and grit, The Snow Whale gets at the heart of all that's amiss in our hyper-plastic consumer culture.'' --Marc Schuster, Small Press Reviews