Shoeless Joe was published in 1982 to rave critical reviews, including these comments:Shoeless Joe – The Book
“Wild…romantic… unconventional… A triumph of hope.”
— The Boston Globe
“A quirky, wonderful book…A work that will outlive this season and many more.”
— The Philadelphia Inquirer
“A lyrical, seductive and altogether winning concoction.”
— The New York Times Book Review
In addition, the book won a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award.
Kinsella has also published a number of short story collections, including The Thrill of the Grass, Dance Me Outside, Scars, Born Indian,and The Mocassin Telegraph.
Dance Me Outside was adapted into a 1994 independent feature directed by Bruce McDonald, and Lieberman in Love inspired a short film, directed by Christine Lahti and starring Danny Aiello, which won a 1996 Oscar® for best live action short.
Kinsella lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife Anne.