Yuvi Zalkow

Yuvi Zalkow is the author of the novel, A Brilliant Novel in the Works (MP Publishing 2012). His short stories have been published in Glimmer Train, Narrative Magazine, Carve Magazine, Rosebud, The Los Angeles Review, and others. He received an MFA from Antioch University. Yuvi also uses his poor drawing skills to make YouTube videos and mobile apps that ooze with his worries and anxiety. You can find out too much information about him at yuvizalkow.com. Yuvi lives with his wife, daughter, and grumpy cats in Portland, Oregon.

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I Only Cry with Emoticons

Yuvi Zalkow

Publication Date: June 7, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-63628-037-0


I Only Cry with Emoticons is a story about the many superficial ways we connect in a world full of communication devices, and how one guy learns how to connect with the people he cares about in real life.

Saul’s the kind of guy who hides in the bathroom at his high-tech day job in order to write a novel about his dead grandfather, and then he wonders why his boss wants to fire him. Saul tells his almost-ex-wife about a blind date and then wonders why she slams the door in his face. When Saul gets drunk and tells his new girlfriend that he wants her to meet his ex-wife, he doesn’t understand why his girlfriend leaves him. While Saul’s career and love life crumble, he tries not to let that mess up his precious relationship with his seven-year-old son, who’s more comfortable living with Saul’s ex and her new boyfriend. When the pieces of Saul’s life crash into each other, we find out if he can wake up and cobble together a more connected life, a life as a decent dad in a decent relationship, while still finishing that novel about his bankrupt, drunk grandfather who struggled with the very same things. I Only Cry with Emoticons is about the ways that we try to connect with each other in a time when we’re sometimes more connected to our devices than our friends and family.


“A sly, forthright comedy about the intersection of love and technology, men and women, and the way our devices have become a loud third wheel. I couldn’t put it down.”
—Monica Drake, author of Clown Girl and The Stud Book

“Explores the ordinary ways our lives can go terribly wrong despite our best intentions. In their often-hilarious attempts to find common ground, Zalkow’s characters navigate self-sabotage, second chances, and the complicated fluid definition of family in the twenty-first century.”
—Margaret Malone, author of People Like You (winner of the Balcones Fiction Prize and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award)