Quick Bio

Rachel Mans McKenny is a writer and humorist from the Midwest, recently published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Elle Magazine, Electric Lit, The Rumpus, and The New York Times. She also co-hosts the literary matchmaking podcast Blind Date with a Book. The Butterfly Effect is her first novel.

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Selected Media Coverage and Recorded Past Events

Discussion Videos and Interviews on BookClub for The Butterfly Effect

In Conversation with Premee Mohamed (Beneath the Rising) about Bugs and Nerd-stuff @ Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego, California (virtual)

Rachel Mans McKenny’s Launch Party at The Ripped Bodice! With Jen DeLuca (Well Met, Well Played), and Jesse Sutanto (The Obsession, Dial A for Aunties) on Books, Love, and their paths to Publication @ Ripped Bodice (virtual)

Rachel Mans McKenny on the Talk of Iowa program on Iowa Public Radio

Rachel Mans McKenny in Conversation with J. Ryan Stradal for The Bookworm Omaha

In Conversation with Libby Hubscher (Meet Me in Paradise) for her “Meet Me in Pajamas” series

Appearance on the Bloom Room for Tall Poppy Writers!

Interview on Iowa Public Radio’s Talk of Iowa

Interview on Fierce Womxn Writing

Piece by author about Midwest “Not-Nice” Novels

Featured on list for Frolic

Featured on list for Book Trib

Interview with Debutante Ball

Interview on Submission Hell: It’s True

Interview on Global Girls Book Club

Coverage in Off The Beaten Shelf

Coverage in The Ames Tribune

Coverage in The Daily Iowan

Interview on Wine, Women, Words

Interview on Bloom with Tall Poppy Writers

Interview on The Write Review

Interview on Reading Envy

Interview on I’m a Writer But

In Conversation with KJ Dell’Antonia (The Chicken Sisters) for Raven Bookstore

A Man Called Ove meets The Rosie Project in this “delightfully off-kilter” (Rachel Yoder, Nightbitch) tale of a grumpy introvert, her astonishing lack of social skills and empirical data-driven approach to people and relationships. It was selected as the All-Iowa Read for Adults in 2022.

More about The Butterfly Effect

Book Club Kit for The Butterfly Effect

Book Club Resources from the All Iowa Reads Committee

An announcement graphic for The Butterfly Effect chosen as the All Iowa Reads Adult Selection for 2022

The Butterfly Effect was selected as the 2022 All-Iowa Reads by the Iowa Center for the Book

Praise for The Butterfly Effect

“A warm, winning debut from a talented new Midwestern voice.” –J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

“Delightfully off-kilter…[Lovably-flawed] Greta’s comically critical point of view interrogates Midwestern norms and gendered stereotypes in a story that explores the legacy of familial dysfunction. Come for the butterflies, and stay for Mans McKenny’s acerbic authorial eye which examines the complexities of the Midwest and its quiet dramas.”
—Rachel Yoder, award-winning author of Nightbitch

“A lovably grumpy and unfiltered heroine. As a reader, you’ll undergo your own metamorphosis and realize how much you needed this story.”
—Faith Salie, Emmy-winning contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning and author of Approval Junkie

“Satisfying, engrossing, interesting.” – KJ Dell’Antonia, author of The Chicken Sisters

“A page-turner.” -Charity Nebbe, Iowa Public Radio