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David Maine is the author of The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2006), The Book of Samson (2007) and Monster, 1959 (2008), all published by St. Martin's Press. He also wrote An Age of Madness (2012), published by Red Hen Press. International editions of some of his books have been published in the United Kingdom by Canongate Books, with various editions appearing in Spain, Italy, Germany, Norway, Holland, Greece, India, Japan, Russia and Israel. Several editions have also been issued in large-print and audio book format. The UK version of The Preservationist, titled The Flood, was shortlisted for The Guardian First Book Award in 2005, and the novel has been optioned for a film.
Time magazine praised The Preservationist, The New York Times called it "an elegant, inventive book," and Publishers Weekly characterized it as "brilliant." About his novel Fallen, Janet Maslin of The New York Times said, "This book's power to rivet the reader approaches the miraculous." Entertainment Weekly noted, "Maine has crafted a work of both high seriousness and wicked laughs." The Lexington Herald-Leader's reviewer for The Book of Samson wrote, "I do believe it is possible, even helpful, to believe in God and David Maine at the same time."
Since 2008, Maine has taught at the University of Phoenix, Hawaii Pacific University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he was the distinguished visiting writer for fall 2011.
Maine also writes book and music reviews for various outlets and has written for The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, esquire.com, NPR.com, PopMatters and Spectrum Culture. Since 2004, he has published more than 700 reviews and articles.