The Globe and Mail gives a good review of The Maladjusted…”the collection is rich with engaging characters, keenly evoked settings and a sensitive eye for the margins and the marginalized. To quote Amis, Derek Hayes is indeed “worth keeping an eye on.”
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Interview with Open Book Toronto

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Martin Amis, the author of The Pregnant Widow and London Fields, wrote: “Derek Hayes is a talented new writer from Canada who is worth keeping an eye on.”

Alan Cumyn, author of the novel, Losing It, wrote the following about The Maladjusted and other stories: “I like the spare style that focuses so much on what the narrator sees—you (Hayes) put the reader right into the scene…the material is …very strong.”

Re: “A Feel for America” (Adam and Samuel) “It (“A Feel for America”) opens well, with strong paragraphs that conjure up the feel and foreignness of Taipei. You (Hayes) establish emotional tension between Adam and Samuel and bring out the international rivalry between the U.S. and U.K.”

Re: “Tom and Wilkie” You’ve (Hayes) built an interesting story around an intriguing narrator, and it’s very well done. This is sad and gentle and I like the complexity of Wilkie’s character very much.”

Alan Cumyn, the author of the novel, Losing It, wrote the following about Mentee: “The portrait you are painting is fascinating… a wonderful story about an educational system falling apart. The portrait you are building of a dysfunctional high school is strong and memorable, and the various irrationalities, including the Ontario curriculum, stand out in their absurdity…real sparks of strong writing in your work.”