Josh Greenfield writes about the recovery from mental illness with humor and honesty.

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and sorry I could

not travel both, I wandered off into the underbrush and got lost."

Robert Frost (Adapted)

Homeward Bound:
a novella of idle speculation

2014

A young man sits alone in a public garden contemplating the big questions; the origins of the Palisades Cliffs, the delivery of cold sesame noodles and his father's mortality.

In the spirit of James Joyce, Josh Greenfield follows the thought process of Jordan Fineman, wherever it leads.

Cutting Through the Knot: a novel

Second Edition 2009

A humorous coming of age story, told in a conversational first person, recounting a young man's trials in overcoming mental illness.  A novel of New York City in the 1980's, the novel follows the adventures of a student on leave from a university in the Northeast.

At the heart of the novel is the protagonist's sense of humor.  The title alludes to his psychiatrist's emphasis on laughter in the face of pain and struggle.  Humor he tells his young patient, "cuts through the knot."

My Bio

Meet Josh Greenfield

Josh Greenfield is a graduate of both Phillips Andover Academy and Cornell University's College of Arts and Sciences. He holds two masters degrees from the City University of New York, one in History and one in English Literature. He also completed the better part of a doctorate in English at Fordham University. His desire in writing is to tell an entertaining and engaging story, to look for laughs in dark places.

He is the author of Cutting Through the Knot: a novel, Homeward Bound: a novella of idle speculation and Full of Wonderment: a novel, all published by Lulu. His work has been featured in The Cornell Daily Sun, The Riverdale Press, Appalachia, Word Catalyst Magazine, Better Than Starbucks, Chaleur Magazine, Prometheus Dreaming, The B'K Journal, and Adelaide Literary Magazine. His novel Continue Breathing is forthcoming from Adelaide Books in December, 2020.

 

Robert Frost (adapted)

Cutting Through the Knot: a novel

Second Edition 2009

A humorous coming of age story, told in a conversational first person, recounting a young man's trials in overcoming mental illness.  A novel of New York City in the 1980's, the novel follows the adventures of a student on leave from a university in the Northeast.

At the heart of the novel is the protagonist's sense of humor.  The title alludes to his psychiatrist's emphasis on laughter in the face of pain and struggle.  Humor he tells his young patient, "cuts through the knot."

Full of Wonderment: a novel

2018

Jordan Fineman has completed two years of college. Beyond this, very little is clear. He decides to travel to Alaska for a summer of work and adventure, not entirely clear whether or not he will return to school at all. By the following fall, he finds himself an experienced cannery worker and close associate to a community of world travelers. All the while mental illness was setting in. Looking back from a point of good health, It was a summer to remember. All is recounted in a humorous, first-person voice.

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Homeward Bound: a novella of idle speculation

2014

A young man sits alone in a public garden contemplating the big questions; the origins of the Palisades Cliffs, cold sesame noodles and his father's mortality.

In the spirit of James Joyce, Josh Greenfield follows the thought process of Jordan Fineman, where ever it leads.

Cutting Through the Knot: a novel

Second Edition 2009

A humorous coming of age story, told in a conversational first person, recounting a young man's trials in overcoming mental illness.  A novel of New York City in the 1980's, the novel follows the adventures of a student on leave from a university in the Northeast.

At the heart of the novel is the protagonist's sense of humor.  The title alludes to his psychiatrist's emphasis on laughter in the face of pain and struggle.  Humor he tells his young patient, "cuts through the knot."

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