Patty Yumi Cottrell’s debut novel Sorry to Disrupt the Peace has been called ‘complex and mysterious’ and featured on several of 2017’s ‘most anticipated’ lists. She has since received the 2017 Barnes & Noble Discover Award and the 2018 Whiting Award.
Patty’s work has also appeared in The White Review, Guernica, BOMB, Gulf Coast, and Black Warrior Review. She lives in Los Angeles.
‘Electrifying in its freshness . . . equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking.’
‘Compelling . . . a beautifully sad and funny debut that disturbs the peace and makes no apologies for doing so.’
‘Blackly comic and sophisticated . . . the memorable impact of Sorry to Disrupt the Peace . . . comes from what lurks unsaid.’
‘I was captivated by this book and its disturbing-in-a-good-way narrator. The writing is fearless, with lots of laugh-out-loud twisted humour.’
‘The real attraction here is Helen: her perspective ranges from sharp . . . to askew . . . to unhinged. Cottrell gives Helen the impossible task of understanding what would drive another person to suicide, and the result is complex and mysterious, yet, in the end, deeply human and empathetic.’
‘There’s something uniquely perfect about the way that Patty Yumi Cottrell approaches humor in her first novel: by tackling [an] unbearably difficult subject via a protagonist whose voice crackles with wit and comedic brilliance, we’re given an insight that we’ve rarely seen before. And that makes for a book that’s truly impossible to put down till the very end.’
‘Sorry to Disrupt the Peace is rich with dark humor.’
'Sometimes the peace needs to be disrupted, and Cottrell does so with stunning wit, humor, and yes, tender sadness.’
‘Cottrell’s novel has a thoroughly complex and compelling narrator, questions of memory and family, and a fantastic sense of place. What makes it especially memorable is how its awareness of the structure of a detective story enables it to go to some very bleak, very powerful emotional places. It’s a moving and unsettling novel with a fantastic narrative voice at its center.’
‘This novel is sure to place the South Korean-born fiction writer firmly on the literary map . . . a sobering but undeniable sense of humor makes her narrative surprisingly life-affirming.’