"Our byword for hinesty may be built on a lie, and in Strauss's capable hands, thereby hangs quite a tale…McCoy himself is the novel's greatest accomplishment: a made-up figure, a fiction and, for all that, completely real."
——The New York Times Book Review
"Darin Strauss is one of the America's handful of young, great novelists…If his debut was a carnival, this is a World's Fair. It's that ambitious, that fun."
——The Austin Chronicle
"Ingenious…A highly entertaining comic novel."
"Irrepressible…The Real McCoy's strength, dynamism, and sorrow will make it one of the most quintessentially American novels published this year."
——San Francisco Chronicle