“THE SON OF GOOD FORTUNE is flat-out brilliant."            -- Kevin Wilson, author of Nothing To See Here

"...the kind of book readers will wish would never end."

  -- Publishers Weekly  (starred review)  



A Recommended Book From:
Publisher's Weekly (starred review), USA Today,
The Chicago Tribune, Minneapolis Star-Tribune,
Refinery 29, Lambda Literary
A Best Book of the Month from Aamazon and Kirkus    

ON SALE JULY 7, 2020

About the author

Lysley Tenorio is the author of the novel THE SON OF GOOD FORTUNE and the story collection MONSTRESS, which was named a book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Whiting Award, a Stegner fellowship, the Edmund White Award, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Bogliasco Foundation.  His stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Ploughshares, and have been adapted for the stage by The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Ma-Yi Theater in New York City.  Born in the Philippines, he lives in San Francisco, and is a professor at Saint Mary’s College of California. 


Also, it's pronounced "Less-lee."   = )

                         Photo credit: Laura Bianchi




“Lysley Tenorio's THE SON OF GOOD FORTUNE is flat-out brilliant, and what makes it so wondrous is how Tenorio controls the complexity of the narrative. How can a book be filled with so much humor, such a light touch, and yet still touch that weird place in our heart that can break us apart? Excel and his mother, Maxima, are characters you won't forget, and the world in which they exist, stuck between belonging and not belonging, does not deserve them.”

--Kevin Wilson, author of Nothing To See Here


Tuesday, August 4, 2020/ 11:00AM (PST)

Lockdown Lit Reading w/ SAMEER PANDYA, Livestream on Facebook 

Sponsored by ZYZZYVA and The Booksmith in San Francisco

Wednesday, August 5, 2020/ 8:00 (EST)

Virtual Event: Authors in Quarantine: In Conversation w/ Julie Barer

Sponsored by Marlene Meyerson JCC

Friday, August 7, 2020/ 7:00PM (EST)

Zoom Event: LYSLEY TENORIO and QUAN BARRY in Conversation with ANTHONY DOERR

Sponsored by Books Are Magic in Brooklyn

Saturday, August 29, 2020 (details to come)

Reading w/ poet BRUCE SNIDER 

Sponsored by Green Apple Books in San Francisco


Lysley Tenorio

lysleyt [at] gmail.com


Literary Representation: 

Julie Barer

The Book Group

julie [at] thebookgroup.com

Publicity Requests:

Caitlin Mulrooney

Directory of Publicity 

Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins

Caitlin.Mulrooney-Lyski [at] harpercollins.com

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