John J. McLaughlin 

Writer, Teacher, Storyteller


Author of Run in the Fam'ly,Winner of the Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel,
the Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction,
and the Steven Turner Award for Best Work of First Fiction

"Run in the Fam'ly is an emotionally detailed exploration of a level of American society rarely seen in fiction... an exceptional work."

-James Alan McPherson, author of the Pulitzer Prize winner Elbow Room 

  "John J. McLaughlin is a writer of exceptional talent and enormous vision."

-Bharati Mukherjee, author of National Book Critics' Circle winner The Middleman 

A father-son story of faith, struggle,
and redemption.


Just Published: "His Super Bowl, Our Struggle"

Barely South Review, Spring 2017 (go to story)

A story of one family's journey through the darkness of severe mental illness. As the NFL's Seattle Seahawks headed toward a repeat Super Bowl championship, capturing nearly the entire city in their mystique, the author's wife was repeatedly hospitalized for clinical depression. And their young son-- keenly aware of his mother's condition but oblivious to the injuries and even suicides of NFL players ravaged by mental illness-- begged to play tackle football.