"This remarkable, riveting memoir is often extremely funnynot something I expected to say about a book that chronicles the life-altering effects of the disease behind gigantism. Scalise himself, meanwhile, is an ideal narrator: self-lacerating and observant, without a petty or small-minded bone in his (thankfully, not yet gigantic) body. I loved this book."
Tom Bissell, author of "Apostle: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve"
"Like the dynamo spawn of Louis CK and Oliver Sacks, Mike Scalise's startling and slyly hilarious memoir is a heartfelt reminder of how astonishing, how terrifying, how absurd it is to be a body. An essential book for those who've lived through catastrophe, or only imagined it."
Alexandra Kleeman, author of "You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine"
"The coming-of-age during an illness memoir is a genre we rarely see, and Scalise writes with maturity and hard-won wit about the ways in which a chronic illness can test the bonds of family. But even more surprisingly, he explores how life within an unruly body can be weirdly freeing, making "The Brand New Catastrophe" a hugely entertaining read."
Courtney Maum, author of "I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You"
""The Brand New Catastrophe" strips away piety, jargon, and false feeling to show us what people, real people, really do and say when disaster hits. With the acuity of "Ivan Ilyich" and the giddily defiant humor of Lorrie Moore, Scalise swings back at the absurdities and indignities of illness and knocks them flat."
Will Boast, author of "Epilogue"
In this stunning memoir, Mike Scalise takes readers on a hilarious and heartfelt journey through the mental and cultural landscape of physical illness. Written with humor, spirit, and artistry, "The Brand New Catastrophe" will endear you to the confusion at the heart of every personal catastrophe. You'll have no choice but to fall in love with this debut talent.
Jen Percy, author of "Demon Camp "
"Mike Scalise's memoir of his diagnosis and coping with acromegaly is smart and compelling, particularly because it acknowledges the tropes and cliches of 'catastrophe narratives.' He crafts his disaster story to give himself an illusion of control over his pituitary abnormality, and his strong, energetic voice subverts expectations about what it means to be ill. This astute memoir is moving without being sentimental."
Elliott Holt, author of "You Are One of Them "
"Mike Scalise's memoir "The Brand New Catastrophe" depicts a world where one's body is attacking them from the inside. Scalise suffers from acromegaly, a condition he shares with Andre the Giant. Like Andre's, his story is funny, honest, devastating, and human."
Box Brown, author of "Andre the Giant: Life and Legend"