Thomas E. Kennedy

Thomas E. Kennedy’s thirty books include the Copenhagen Quartet, being published by Bloomsbury worldwide: In the Company of Angels (2010), Falling Sideways (2011), and two more forthcoming volumes. This year New American Press will issue his Getting Lucky: Twenty New and Selected Stories, 1982–2012. His essays can be found in current or forthcoming issues of the Southern Review, the Boston Review, Epoch, and the South Carolina Review.

The Night Side

My real life—or what I think of as my real life—began in fiction. It was late March 1959. Earlier that month, I had turned fifteen, an occasion I had celebrated by nearly killing myself with a bottle of whiskey.…