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A Novel

Olivia Laing (Author)

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“Love may not be original, but this funny, fervent novel is.”— The New Yorker

It’s the summer of 2017 and Kathy—who bears a distinct resemblance to punk novelist Kathy Acker— is getting married. Meanwhile, fascism is on the rise, truth is dead, the planet is heating up, and Trump is tweeting the world ever closer to nuclear war. In Crudo, her first work of fiction, Olivia Laing radically rewires the novel with a fierce, compassionate account of learning to love when the end of the world seems in sight.

A New York Times Notable, Washington Post, NPR , Guardian, and Bustle Best Book of 2018

“Breathless and gripping. . . . [Crudo] traps the first summer of Trump and Brexit like a fly in amber.” — NPR

“A narrative written with immense vitality and, miraculously, the lightest of touches.” — Deborah Levy, Wall Street Journal

“A single moment in modernity, deconstructed by the savagely entertaining, Ackerinspired voice of Laing.” — Paris Review Daily

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • Forthcoming September 2019
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35741-7
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 160 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth and the European Union.

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