Preparation for the Next Life (häftad)
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Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
432
Utgivningsdatum
2016-02-04
Utmärkelser
Winner of PEN/Faulkner Prize 2015 (United States); Winner of Paris Review Plimpton Prize for Fiction 2015 (United States)
Förlag
Oneworld Publications
Dimensioner
196 x 130 x 32 mm
Vikt
403 g
ISBN
9781780748337
Preparation for the Next Life (häftad)

Preparation for the Next Life

Winner of the 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Häftad Engelska, 2016-02-04
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'BLISTERING' THE TIMES * 'EXTRAORDINARY' FINANCIAL TIMES *Winner of the New York City Book Award for Fiction* *Finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Fiction* New York Times Best of 2014 Wall Street Journal's Best of 2014 Vanity Fair's Best of 2014 Publishers Weekly's Best of 2014 BuzzFeed's Best of 2014 New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015 Set in the underbelly of New York, Preparation for the Next Life exposes an America as seen from the fringes of society and, in devastating detail, destroys the myth of the American Dream through two of the most remarkable characters in contemporary fiction. Powerful, realistic and raw, this is one of the most ambitious - and necessary - novels of our time.
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