Many thanks to Philadelphia poet and painter Peter Baroth for the following kind and generous post about my new novel:
I just recently had the good fortune to purchase and read the novel “None of the Above” (Unsolicited Press) by Michael Cocchiarale, a Professor at Widener and a colleague of Courtney K. Bambrick’s [Courtney is another fine local poet]. The book is a reward to anyone who pays the attention to read it, filled as it is with intelligent observations about coming of age in the last 20 years or so of the 20th century. It is, essentially, the story of the education of one Increase Alt, a Clevelander and a Catholic, at a time when both city and faith are in serious decline. It is also filled with dry wit and sharp metaphors and is a useful, if frequently ironic, manual for any of us perplexed by their higher – and perhaps whole – educations. And – for anyone WITH a college education – or more – I would dare to call it a “bildungsroman.” Take a short pause people and read a good book filled with interesting characters like this one!