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Every ten years Granta magazine publishes a special issue of new fiction from the most exciting American writers under the age of forty. This third list reveals a dynamic and diverse literary scene, a snapshot of the exceptional talent working across the country. Granta 139: Best of Young American Novelists 3 features new work from each of the selected novelists, creating a timely and authoritative commentary on the state of American fiction.
JOSHUA COHEN was born in Atlantic City in 1980 and now lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn. His books include the novels Book of Numbers, Witz, A Heaven of Others, Cadenza for the Schneidermann Violin Concerto, a short story collection, Four New Messages, and a work of nonfiction, Attention! A (Short) History. His latest novel, Moving Kings, will be published by Random House in the summer of 2017.
MARK DOTEN is a Minnesota-born writer currently living in Brooklyn. His debut novel, The Infernal, was published by Graywolf Press in 2015. He is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Columbia University, where he completed an MFA. He is the literary fiction editor at Soho Press and teaches in Columbia’s graduate writing program.
JEN GEORGE was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, California. She is the author of the short story collection The Babysitter at Rest, released with Dorothy, a publishing project, in 2016. Her writing has appeared in BOMB, Harper’s, the Los Angeles Review of Books, n+1 and the Paris Review Daily. She lives in New York where she is currently at work on a novel.
GREG JACKSON has been a Fiction Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center and the MacDowell Colony, as well as a Henry Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia. He is the recipient of a 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation for his story collection Prodigals. Jackson grew up in Maine and now lives in Brooklyn.
SANA KRASIKOV is the author of The Patriots (Jan 2017), and One More Year, which was named a named a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, The New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, received a National Book Foundation's "5 under 35" Award, and the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker and The Atlantic and other magazines.
DINAW MENGESTU was born in Ethiopia and raised in Illinois. He is the author of three novels, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears, How to Read the Air and All Our Names. He is the recipient of the 2007 Guardian First Book Award, a 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation and was included in the New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 selection in 2010. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2012. His journalism and fiction have appeared in Harper’s, Rolling Stone, the New Yorker and the Wall Street Journal.
The third volume of Granta's renowned and prescient, Best of Young American Novelists
Every ten years, Granta devotes an issue to new American fiction by writers under the age of forty, showcasing the young novelists deemed to be the best of their generation - writers of remarkable achievement and promise.
A sweeping multigenerational novel about idealism, betrayal, and family secrets set in the U.S. and Russia, from one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists
A fierce, searing response to the chaos of the war on terror—an utterly original and blackly comic debut
During a violent storm, a filmmaker escapes New York, accompanied by a woman who may be his therapist. A lawyer in the throes of divorce seeks refuge at her seaside cottage only to find a vagrant girl living in it. A dilettantish banker sees his ambitions laid bare when he comes under the influence of two strange sisters.
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • “More impressive than all but a few novels published so far this decade . . . a wheeling meditation on the wired life, on privacy, on what being human in the age of binary code might mean . . . [Joshua] Cohen, all of thirty-four, emerges as a major American writer.”—The New York Times
On Christmas Eve 1999, all the Jews in the world die in a strange, millennial plague, with the exception of the firstborn males, who are soon adopted by a cabal of powerful people in the American government. By the following Passover, however, only one is still alive: Benjamin Israelien; a kindly, innocent, ignorant man-child.
A quartet of audacious fictions that capture the pathos and absurdity of life in the age of the internet
*A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice*
* One of Flavorwire's "50 Books That Define the Past Five Years in Literature"
Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent.
Named a best book of the year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Daily Beast
A "beautifully written"* (New York Times Book Review) novel of redemption by a prize-winning international literary star.
From the acclaimed author of The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears comes a heartbreaking literary masterwork about love, family, and the power of imagination.
Fiction. Five stories--several as long as novellas--introduce the world to Jen George, a writer whose furiously imaginative new voice calls to mind Donald Barthelme and Leonora Carrington no less than Kathy Acker and Chris Kraus.