This is fiction. So none of this is true.

There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes (Cloud Books, 2012)

Robert Jacoby       











Check out my interviews about the book at, Get Lost in Fiction blog (now defunct), Sarcasm and Lemons blog, Pride in Madness blog, and Debra's Book Cafe.

Also see my guest posts about the novel at We're Jumpin' Books blogMy Seryniti book blog and Pride in Madness blog

Reviews for There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes

“Despair and salvation mix to powerful effect in Jacoby’s debut novel that follows a young man’s confrontation with suicide…. A confident, strongly voiced portrait of despair and the flickering light at the end of the tunnel.” – Kirkus Reviews

"…brilliant… unforgettable." – Books and Movies and Crap blog

A "moving read that leaves you thinking and wondering … It is the story of one person's struggle to fit in somewhere, anywhere…. Read it. Dare to be disturbed. Take a walk into the unknown. 5 stars." – Reads by the Beach blog

"…one of the most confusing, emotional and daring books I have ever read, and that is what makes me love it so much." – The Book Addicts blog (now defunct)

"… the power of Jacoby's prose and the emotional truth of Richard's journey are irresistible…. If you liked Girl, Interrupted, and wondered how a boy would feel in that situation, this is the book for you. The emotional journey of this shy and sensitive young man is leavened with humor and beset by fear, but in the end holds a powerful truth." – B. Morrison, poet and author

Video book review from proud2bb00kobsessed.

a "…captivating, beautifully written tale…" – Goodreads review

"…quite astonishing." – Goodreads review

"This book is so well written, I found it difficult to put down." – Bookwinked blog

A "stunning piece of literary fiction…." – Goodreads review

"While it was a difficult and challenging read, and left me feeling profoundly disturbed at times, it was a worthwhile experience. I'm looking forward to more from this author." – Brenda Coffman, author


Dusk and Ember
Novel (in progress)
My second novel, Dusk and Ember, is a prequel to my first novel, There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes. The story takes place over one night in December 1981. 19-year-old Richard Issych works the graveyard shift at a local foundry—a hellish world of molten metal, back-breaking work, and no prospects. Drawn into a downward spiral of easy drugs and strip clubs, Richard is on the cusp of making the biggest decision of his life when one friend is murdered by another friend. Now all Richard wants is to get to the wake to pay his last respects. But a lot of life can be lived in one car ride, and Richard is about to find out how much.


See in a Mirror Dimly
First short story written
Winner, New Kent Quarterly short fiction contest, 1985

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