Ben Parzybok


First review!

From Publisher’s Weekly

“Parzybok’s delightfully lighthearted writing successfully diverts attention from the heavy-handed plot devices that threaten to overwhelm this ambitious debut. An apartment flood destroys almost everything owned by mismatched roommates Thom, Tree and Erik, leaving only the handmade orange couch, which the landlord demands they remove. Broke, jobless and now homeless, the roommates begin carrying their couch through the streets of Portland, Ore., and quickly discover two things: it might be magical, and Goodwill won’t take it. They reluctantly embark on a hapless quest to take the couch exactly where it “wants to go.” Occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, the enthusiastic prose carries readers through sporadic dark moments, though it can’t save a clunky finale that leaves too many unanswered questions, including the survival of its heroes. Parzybok’s quirky humor recalls the flaws and successes of early Douglas Adams. (Nov.)”

I wonder if this review was based off of the ending that we crashed-edited before it went to print, just 5 days ago. Since it was so recently edited, I’m guessing not. At any rate, I’m awesomely excited to get my first review. Douglas Adams!

Author: Benjamin Parzybok

My name is Ben Parzybok and I'm a novelist and programmer living in Portland, OR. @sparkwatson



  1. Cool. And as far as the end, I’d say “tell em to go watch a French film sometime.” (Is it possible to criticize the critics?)

  2. Hi Ben,
    I just reviewed COUCH on Check it out!

  3. Hi Stephanie –
    Hey, thanks for the review! I found it here:
    And of course, Thom, Tree and Erik walk by directly in front of Twenty-Third Avenue Books, carrying their couch:
    Did you see them when they passed?

    Twenty-Third Avenue Books would undoubtedly be where Thom got his copy of A Wild Sheep Chase:

  4. I’ve seen a lot of strange things pass by the shop, but yes, Erik did acknowledge my salute!

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