My Famous Brain

Fiction - Literary
328 Pages
Reviewed on 03/27/2021
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Author Biography

Diane Wald was born in Paterson, NJ, and has lived in Massachusetts since 1972. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has published over 250 poems in literary magazines since 1966. She was the recipient of a two-year fellowship in poetry from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and has been awarded the Grolier Poetry Prize, The Denny Award, and The Open Voice Award. She also received a state grant from the Artists Foundation (Massachusetts Council on the Arts). She has published four chapbooks (Target of Roses from Grande Ronde Press, My Hat That Was Dreaming from White Fields Press, Double Mirror from Runaway Spoon Press, and faustinetta, gegenschein, trapunto from Cervena Barva Press) and won the Green Lake Chapbook Award from Owl Creek Press. An electronic chapbook (Improvisations on Titles of Works by Jean Dubuffet) appears on the Mudlark website. She received the first annual Anne Halley Poetry Prize from the Massachusetts Review. Her book Lucid Suitcase was published by Red Hen Press in 1999 and her book, The Yellow Hotel, was published by Verse Press in the fall of 2002. Her book WONDERBENDER was published in 2011 by 1913 Press. She has taught at Boston University, The Art Institute of Boston, and Northeastern University. Gillyflower, her first novel, wias released in April 2019 and won first place for Novellas from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Visit the GIllyflower website:

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

My Famous Brain is a unique work of fiction in the literary dramatic style and was penned by author Diane Wald. Written for adult audiences, the work does contain some explicit language usage and the inclusion of scenes of a sexual nature. We follow our central protagonist Jack McLeod on a tale through the many trials, tribulations, and learning experiences of his life, which he narrates for us in a new state of existence beyond the mortal grave. From his early years participating in studies for gifted children to his time working as a university professor, Jack possesses a unique penchant for psychic connection that gives him a deep insight into all that goes on around him.

Author Diane Wald has crafted a truly intriguing slice of life drama which chronicles some quite incredible events and teaches us the value of observation of others and the effects caused to other people by how we live our lives. In terms of character development, we get an extremely close view of our central storyteller Jack, whose brain is indeed a complex portrayal filled with imagery, tender moments, and personal touches to endear him to us. This is very much his drama, but his position as a psychologist gives the author some scope to observe others through his unique lens as well and build the cast around him with vivid details and insight. Overall, readers who enjoy deep literary portrayals of fascinating characters will be sure to adore My Famous Brain, and I would certainly recommend it for their next read.