Episode 315 — Courtney Moreno


Courtney Moreno is the guest. Her debut novel, In Case of Emergency, is available now from McSweeney’s.  (Author photo: Lydia Daniller.)

Kirkus Reviews says

In this emotionally moving, well-written, engaging novel, Moreno strikes a profound balance between the clinical logic of trauma and the personal irrationality of a young woman dealing with her demons.

And The Huffington Post says

Reminiscent of Leslie Jamison’s essay on medical acting in her collection The Empathy Exams, Courtney Moreno’s book uses the coping mechanisms she learned while working as an EMT to color her narrator’s painful past. Moreno confronts both physical and psychological trauma, expertly blurring the lines between the two.

Monologue topics: bad news, not voting, bad attitude, mail, leotarded.