David Heatley played the Baby Jesus at a Christmas pageant in 1974,
months after he was born. A few years later, his family moved to
Teaneck, NJ, where they became disenchanted with Catholicism
and joined an Episcopal church which might have had the worse liturgical music in the country. Heatley was confirmed at the age of 13 and stopped going to church the following year. After a decade-and-a-half of self-destructive behavior, he had a spiritual awakening while visiting California in 2001-about which, more later. Heatley now lives in Jackson Heights, NY, with his wife Rebecca Gopoian (an agnostic, Jewish-Armenian poet), and their two awesome children. This is his first book. Go easy on him.
"Riveting. . . . A beautifully unsettling mosaic."
-The New York Times Book Review
"Takes readers deep into the uncomfortable psychological undercurrents of everyday American life. . . . David Heatley is a double threat with a pen: both words and drawings are adventures in style."
"Utterly mesmerizing. . . . Impressive not just because it's funny and entertaining in an unexpected way, but because of the warmth and sweetness Heatley manages to convey in between the difficult moments. It's not pretty or safe or easy, but like life itself, it's worth the effort."
-The Irish Times
"Heatley is one of the most promising cartoonists of his generation. His work, notable for its disarming frankness, is always charming and filled with big-hearted enthusiasm for its chosen form."
-Daniel Clowes, author of Patience