Andrew J. Graff is the author of novel Raft of Stars. His fiction and essays have appeared in Image and Dappled Things. Andrew grew up fishing, hiking, and hunting in Wisconsin's Northwoods. After a tour of duty in Afghanistan, Graff earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He lives in Ohio and teaches at Wittenberg University.
'Absolutely wonderful. Beautifully written, characters that will stay with me and a descriptive prose that was just a feast for the senses. It really took me away, and I didn't want it to end' Jo Spain 'The best book I've read all year! Raft of Stars made me laugh, made me cry, gave me heart palpitations - it was BLOODY BRILLIANT! The characters leap from the page into your heart & stay there until the nail biting end! I am going to sing its praises far and wide and press it into as many hands as I can!' Anita Frank 'I had no idea people wrote books like Andrew J. Graff's Raft of Stars anymore-a rousing adventure yarn full of danger and heart and humor and characters worth worrying about. It's as if, after observing the deplorable state we're all in right now, the author took it upon himself to raise our collective spirits. Bravo!' Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls 'Graff has not only crafted an adventure story with a warm heart at its center, but a whole town of characters for readers to fall in love with' J. Ryan Stradal, author of The Lager Queen of Minnesota 'Reminiscent of stories like Stand By Me and Have You Seen Luis Velez?, Graff's debut novel will enchant fans of Chris Cleave and Melissa Bank. Graff's narrative voice is lyrical, with a Southern Gothic edge that fits surprisingly well with the Wisconsin Northwoods setting. Exploring the necessity of the stories we tell ourselves to survive, Raft of Stars is a clever, compelling coming-of-age tale' Booklist 'In ruggedly beautiful prose, and with a deep affection for his damaged, but always loveable characters, Graff delivers a novel with real heart and soul. An authentic look into the heartland of America, into one-parent households. Like a barrel going over a waterfalls, Raft of Stars sweeps its reader downstream, and fast. Hold on for the ride' Nickolas Butler, author of Little Faith