The Gimmicks, by Chris McCormick, is now in paperback.

Hardcover, audiobook, & electronic formats also available


About the Author

Chris McCormick is the author of a novel, The Gimmicks (Harper, 2020), and a short story collection, Desert Boys, winner of the 2017 Stonewall Book Award—Barbara Gittings Literature Award. His essays and stories have appeared in The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, Tin House, and Ploughshares. He grew up in the Antelope Valley on the California side of the Mojave Desert before earning his BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and his MFA from the University of Michigan. He is an Assistant Professor in the creative writing program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and is at work on his next novel.

The gimmicks

A novel published by Harper in 2020.

"A debut of rare depth and brilliance"

—Booklist (starred)

"Heartrending ... with enormous scope and heart" —ShelfAwareness

"Too fantastic not to wish it were true"

—Entertainment Weekly

New York Times Editors' Choice

Desert Boys

A short story collection published by Picador in 2016.

"Bold and intoxicating" — Booklist

"Achingly good" — Kirkus (starred)

"A lovely, quiet book by a promising new voice" — Publishers Weekly

Winner of the Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association

Books by Chris McCormick


Upcoming Events

Launching THE GIMMICKS at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, January 2020.


Chris McCormick is represented by Julia Kardon of HG Literary in New York, NY.

You can also reach out via email to the author directly at


Essays & Stories


"Shelter" in LitHub, about friendship in the desert

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