Media Kit

Quick Bio

Rachel Mans McKenny is a writer and humorist from the Midwest, recently published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Electric Lit, The Rumpus, and The New York Times. The Butterfly Effect is her first novel.

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Selected Media Coverage

Interview with 2020 Debuts about The Butterfly Effect

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

Coverage in Off The Beaten Shelf

Coverage in The Ames Tribune

Coverage in The Daily Iowan

Interview on Bloom with Tall Poppy Writers

Interview on The Write Review

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.

More about The Butterfly Effect

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

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

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