"From the chilling thought experiment called 'Duplex,' which opens this powerful collection, to the strange and beautiful elegy to a lost life called 'Ice Woman' that closes it, Eric Freeze investigates with not a little humor and plenty of sorrow, the chasms and chaos several men (and a few women) leave behind when they disappear."
—Pam Houston, author of Deep Creek and Contents May Have Shifted
"Ovid’s got nothing on these brand new metamorphic fictions found in Eric Freeze’s transformative Invisible Men. Osmotic in content and flexible in form, these stories turn themselves inside out, unhinge and pivot, a collection of epiphianic epiphanies. Reading these, we wake, newly genetically engineered Gregor Samsas, to these transcendent dreams evolving into these monstrously sublime visions."
—Michael Martone, author of The Moon over Wapakoneta and Michael Martone
"A smart, funny, and moving collection. Freeze creates characters and voices that ring true—you know these people—while at the same time constantly surprising with what they think and do. If other readers are anything like me, they’ll be reflecting on these stories for a good long while after finishing them. There’s some magic in these pages."
—Ian Stansel, author of The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo and Everybody's Irish
Hemingway on a Bike
"Hemingway on a Bike is a wonderful book of essays, wry and wise, in which Eric Freeze considers what it is to be a twenty-first century literary man’s man, in all his house-remodeling, sweet-parenting, foosball-playing glory."
—Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins and The Financial Lives of the Poets
"Bodybuilding Jesuses, glorious thorough moving explorations of the word bolt, the search for the finest foosball table in the world, beardlessness, wrestling, the many glories of Canada, towns filled with Vulcans, superheroes, house-lust, love, pain—a wry and piercing collection of adventures and misadventures from a terrific essayist. A book both tart and gentle, which I savored from first line to last."
—Brian Doyle, author of Mink River and Grace Notes
"This book is so much more than Hemingway on a bike, and thankfully so. In wide-ranging meanders, Eric Freeze takes us around the globe and into experiences both personal and universal, from transporting a foosball table to gutting a fish to growing a patchy beard to witnessing attacks by a barracuda and a British talk-show host. The essays move deftly, pausing to ponder or to play in language; they keep us moving; they move us. What it comes down to is this: the book is wonderful because Freeze’s mind is so unfetteredly interesting."
—Patrick Madden, author of Disparates and Quotidiana
Enslaved by their own fears, the characters in this riveting collection are straining for redemption. Their choices reflect the well-worn patterns we carve for ourselves through our idiosyncrasies—our dominant traits. A basketball coach teaches moral ambiguity; a divorcée clutches at sanity; a mother struggles with her son's paternity; a childless man regrets his youthful onanism. Through their shared experiences these tangible characters undergo the sad, hilarious search for wholeness and security. Set in the stark isolated landscape of Southern Alberta, Eric Freeze's debut collection is a deftly-crafted study of desperate mortals careening through their liminal moments, grasping for certainty.
Excellent stories. . . Freeze produces realistic, believable people and delves deeply into their psyches to create truly enjoyable character studies. —Booklist
An honest record, a way to trace the passage of time and understand the little stories of our past. —Boston Review
"Freeze builds his sentences with the intricate grace of the snowflakes so often falling from the sky in these eleven stories, all of them peculiarly sad and funny and beautiful."
—Ben Percy, author of Red Moon