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Buffalo Lockjaw

Greg Ames has written a brazen and tender book about a city and a scene, a mother and a son, and the beauty and pain of several kinds of love.

– Sam Lipsyte, author of Home Land

The voice of this novel invites you right in, and Ames knows how to build up the world with a light hand while still getting to the complicated and painful ways we muddle through. Funny and fresh and generous.

– Aimee Bender, author of The Girl in the Flammable Skirt

In Buffalo Lockjaw, Greg Ames manages to evoke place and expose the complexities of character in a single swift phrase. It is a funny-sad, heartbreaking, hypnotically readable debut.

– Adrienne Miller, former Esquire Fiction Editor and the author of The Coast of Akron

Greg Ames has written a beautiful novel. It is infused with dark comedy and pathos and great, hardboiled prose. In Buffalo Lockjaw, love of one’s parents and love of one’s hometown mix powerfully with the mad undertow of loss that seems as inevitable in life as gravity. I’m honored to share a last name—no relation—with such a wonderful writer.

– Jonathan Ames, author of Wake Up, Sir!

Greg Ames, one of the funniest writers I’ve ever read, faces dead-on the most terrifying event in a person’s life. Buffalo Lockjaw is frightening, heart-rending, and beautiful. I pay it my highest compliment: I didn’t want it to end.

– Poe Ballantine, author of Things I Like About America

Award winners at the NAIBA Book Awards

Left to right: Robert Goolrick, George Pelecanos, Paul Auster,
Greg Ames, Gayle Forman, Michael Greenburg, and Peter Brown.

Funeral Platter

Funeral Platter is a wonderful, witty collection of very funny and unusual short stories. Its singular characters, truly inventive premises, and manic, propulsive prose make for breakneck reading. Yet, without you knowing how it happened, these stories become genuinely insightful about our darkest secret: our loneliness.

– Dana Spiotta, author of Stone Arabia

Greg Ames’ trick, his sleight of hand, is to somehow take the absurd and make it vanish into tenderness, to pull laughter out of the particulars of cruelty, and to give each gorgeously rendered sentence a living human tongue. Every story here is its own cabinet of wonders. Funeral Platter is hands down one of the best collections I’ve read in years.

– David Ryan, author of Animals in Motion

The stories in Greg Ames’ Funeral Platter are dispatches from another planet, a planet that resembles ours, populated by people who look like us, but who are weirder, more unhinged, more dangerous than we are, or at least weirder, more unhinged, more dangerous than we like to think we are. A glorious book—hilarious, unnerving, one of a kind.

– Brock Clarke, author of An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England

I can’t say I’ve ever encountered a collection of stories as wildly varied as Funeral Platter. And so very funny too. This is a book where the ghosts of Kafka and Twain meet up with the likes of Carver and Barry Hannah who are all sitting around the campfire spinning tales of dark humor and candor. Each story told is a radical departure from what has come before it and what comes after. And yet, and then, there is the voice and vision behind each story that belongs entirely to Greg Ames. Bottom line here: This book is a thrill ride into what it means to be alive and stumbling in a world where to be bruised and confused is its own kind of fuel for amusement.

– Peter Markus, author of The Fish and the Not Fish

Pungent, vivid, witty and surprising, Greg Ames’s stories will move you in unexpected ways.

– Claire Messud, author of The Woman Upstairs and The Burning Girl

If you’re attached to your current understanding of art, table tennis, getting high, fatherhood, ventriloquism, online dating, the vagina, Franz Kafka, haiku, or your friend Mike, Greg Ames’s groundbreaking, paradigm-shifting Funeral Platter is not the story collection for you. If, on the other hand, you think you’re ready for Ames’s life-changing brand of unhinged literary brilliance, first make sure that you’re someplace where it’s socially acceptable to lose your shit. I wasn’t, and now I’ve been banned from drum circle.

– J. Robert Lennon, author of Mailman

The stories in this collection never ceased to blow my mind. Funeral Platter is a must read. One of the best collections out there.

– Kim Chinquee, author of Veer

Choose a Book Below

Buffalo Lockjaw

Greg Ames has written a beautiful novel. It is infused with dark comedy and pathos and great, hardboiled prose. In Buffalo Lockjaw, love of one’s parents and love of one’s hometown mix powerfully with the mad undertow of loss that seems as inevitable in life as gravity. I’m honored to share a last name—no relation—with such a wonderful writer.

– Jonathan Ames, author of Wake Up, Sir!

Greg Ames has written a brazen and tender book about a city and a scene, a mother and a son, and the beauty and pain of several kinds of love.

– Sam Lipsyte, author of Home Land

In Buffalo Lockjaw, Greg Ames manages to evoke place and expose the complexities of character in a single swift phrase. It is a funny-sad, heartbreaking, hypnotically readable debut.

– Adrienne Miller, former Esquire Fiction Editor and the author of The Coast of Akron

The voice of this novel invites you right in, and Ames knows how to build up the world with a light hand while still getting to the complicated and painful ways we muddle through. Funny and fresh and generous.

– Aimee Bender, author of The Girl in the Flammable Skirt

Greg Ames, one of the funniest writers I’ve ever read, faces dead-on the most terrifying event in a person’s life. Buffalo Lockjaw is frightening, heart-rending, and beautiful. I pay it my highest compliment: I didn’t want it to end.

– Poe Ballantine, author of Things I Like About America

Award winners at the NAIBA Book Awards

Left to right: Robert Goolrick, George Pelecanos, Paul Auster,
Greg Ames, Gayle Forman, Michael Greenburg, and Peter Brown.

Funeral Platter

Funeral Platter is a wonderful, witty collection of very funny and unusual short stories. Its singular characters, truly inventive premises, and manic, propulsive prose make for breakneck reading. Yet, without you knowing how it happened, these stories become genuinely insightful about our darkest secret: our loneliness.

– Dana Spiotta, author of Stone Arabia

Greg Ames’ trick, his sleight of hand, is to somehow take the absurd and make it vanish into tenderness, to pull laughter out of the particulars of cruelty, and to give each gorgeously rendered sentence a living human tongue. Every story here is its own cabinet of wonders. Funeral Platter is hands down one of the best collections I’ve read in years.

– David Ryan, author of Animals in Motion

The stories in Greg Ames’ Funeral Platter are dispatches from another planet, a planet that resembles ours, populated by people who look like us, but who are weirder, more unhinged, more dangerous than we are, or at least weirder, more unhinged, more dangerous than we like to think we are. A glorious book—hilarious, unnerving, one of a kind.

– Brock Clarke, author of An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England

I can’t say I’ve ever encountered a collection of stories as wildly varied as Funeral Platter. And so very funny too. This is a book where the ghosts of Kafka and Twain meet up with the likes of Carver and Barry Hannah who are all sitting around the campfire spinning tales of dark humor and candor. Each story told is a radical departure from what has come before it and what comes after. And yet, and then, there is the voice and vision behind each story that belongs entirely to Greg Ames. Bottom line here: This book is a thrill ride into what it means to be alive and stumbling in a world where to be bruised and confused is its own kind of fuel for amusement.

– Peter Markus, author of The Fish and the Not Fish

Pungent, vivid, witty and surprising, Greg Ames’s stories will move you in unexpected ways.

– Claire Messud, author of The Woman Upstair

If you’re attached to your current understanding of art, table tennis, getting high, fatherhood, ventriloquism, online dating, the vagina, Franz Kafka, haiku, or your friend Mike, Greg Ames’s groundbreaking, paradigm-shifting Funeral Platter is not the story collection for you. If, on the other hand, you think you’re ready for Ames’s life-changing brand of unhinged literary brilliance, first make sure that you’re someplace where it’s socially acceptable to lose your shit. I wasn’t, and now I’ve been banned from drum circle.

– J. Robert Lennon, author of Mailman

The stories in this collection never ceased to blow my mind. Funeral Platter is a must read. One of the best collections out there.

– Kim Chinquee, author of Veer