MICHAEL DOWNING‘s novels include the national bestseller Perfect Agreement, named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by Amazon and Newsday, and Breakfast with Scot, a comedy about two gay men who inadvertently become parents. An American Library Association honor book, Breakfast with Scot was adapted as a movie that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. His nonfiction includes Shoes Outside the Door: Desire, Devotion, and Excess at San Francisco Zen Center, hailed by the New York Review of Books as a “dramatic and insightful” narrative history of the first Buddhist monastery outside of Asia, and by the Los Angeles Times as “a highly readable book.” His essays and reviews appear in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and other periodicals. Michael teaches creative writing at Tufts University.
He is the author of:
The Chapel: A Novel
Breakfast with Scot: A Novel
Life with Sudden Death: A Tale of Moral Hazard and Medical Misadventure
Perfect Agreement: A Novel
Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time
Shoes Outside the Door: Desire, Devotion, and Excess at the San Francisco Zen Center