Brock Clarke


Reviews for The Price of the Haircut

“In trying to illuminate how we discuss race, war, and family dynamics, Clarke shows he is constantly willing to push boundaries. The resulting tales are hilarious, haunting, and original.”

— Booklist–Starred Review

“Clarke’s disquieting, droll work reflects humanity like a dark fun house mirror.”
Publishers Weekly

“This collection of short fiction features writing as straightforward as the perspective is askew…a virtuosic feat.”

—Kirkus Review

“Laced with humor and written in Clarke’s characteristically understated style, “The Price of The Haircut: Stories” charms readers with its wit, mischief, surprises and unerring insight into the human psyche.”

Brooklyn Daily Eagle


Booklist Reader–Best New Books

Portland Press Herald

Southern Living

Channel 6: 207


“The characters that populate these acerbic stories have made a fine art out of self-delusion and self-sabotage—and their various unspoolings are equal parts blistering and riveting. The Price of the Haircut is Brock Clarke at his satiric best.”
—Laura van den Berg, author of Find Me

“Brock Clarke is such a funny writer you might make the mistake of thinking these stories are pure, light fun. You’d be wrong about that. The Price of the Haircut kept catching me by surprise with the depth of its insights and the depths Clarke was willing to plumb. There’s a savage soul in each of these wonderfully constructed tales. Brock Clarke wields his wit like a sword.”
—Victor LaValle, author of The Ballad of Black Tom and The Changeling

“Brock Clarke’s superb stories—exemplars of tragicomic voice and escalation—move ever forward on the tracks of his characters’ rigorous but self-delusional logic. What a pleasure it is to read an artist who is in such complete control of talent and technique.”
—Chris Bachelder, author of The Throwback Special