“… raw emotional honesty free of sentimentality. Unflinching, humorous, and heartfelt.”

Kirkus Reviews

“This is a heroic tale humbly told—imagine This Old House meets The Omega Man—and its greatest charm is the author’s sense of (gallows) humor…She single-handedly reinvented the genre (if there is one) of the survivor’s tale. More to the point, she has created a work of literary nonfiction that goes so far beyond its subject matter.”

Oxford American

“What makes this story uniquely memorable is Wagner’s wise and wisecracking voice, the broken heart beneath the bravado…And we end up with this fine book, with its searing honesty, its gallows humor and its survivor spirit.”

The Times Picayune


“A Katrina memoir like no other: dark, funny, generous and jarring –occasionally tragic but never sentimental.”

Paul Tough, author of Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America

“Holy shit! I love it! This is exactly the type of book I like to read. Floods, fires, hoboes, guns, murder, crawfish, gardens, disappointed Moms, boyfriend trouble, video game restorers and quite a few flat tires—it’s all here.”

Pete Jordan, author of Dishwasher: One Man’s Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States

“Imagine if Jack Kerouac had lived through the flood and wrote you a long, personal letter from the wreckage.”

Jonathan Goldstein, author of Ladies and Gentleman, The Bible!, Lenny Bruce is Dead, and Host of CBC’s and PRI’s radio show WireTap

“You know how sometimes people laugh so hard they start to cry? But really cry? This is Plenty of Suck to Go Around. It feels like it should be illegal to actually enjoy a tale of such an incredibly catastrophic natural disaster’s aftermath, but Wagner has you aboard from the first page. She fearlessly carves edge and crust back into the too-often mushy memoir with a wild, blood and guts lived-to-tell-all.”

Porochista Khakpour, author of Sons and Other Flammable Objects

“In Plenty Enough Suck to Go Around, Wagner tells us one of the One True Post-Katrina New Orleans Stories, Cheryl Wagner style, which means permanently off the reservation, zonked beyond recognition, and chock full of the nuts that break your heart. You start reading this book late one night with nothing else to do and by the time you’ve read ten pages you’re a goner. You’ll be hoping it’s a thousand pages and there’s a sequel. Such a clear voice, such a personality. It’s a wonderful, touching, thoughtful, crazy,loving book.”

Frederick Barthelme, author of Waveland and eleven other works of fiction, including Elroy Nights, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and a New York Times Notable Book.

“Cheryl Wagner is at home on the death-defying tightrope between wise and wise-ass. Her voice is ironic and plaintive, surefooted and panicky, the combination that provides the thrills and elevates her memoir to a work of art, unsparing of everything, including itself.”

Jack Pendarvis, author of Awesome, Your Body Is Changing, and The Mysterious Secret of Valuable Treasure

“The book would be heartbreaking if it weren’t so funny, so clear-eyed, and so beautifully fierce.”

James Whorton Jr., author of Frankland and Approximately Heaven