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Preparation For The Next Life by Atticus Lish

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Preparation For The Next Life by Atticus Lish

“Perhaps the finest and most unsentimental love story of the new decade.”
-The New York Times

“As bold and urgent a love story as you'll read this year.”
-The Wall Street Journal

Winner of the 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Winner of the New York City Book Award for Fiction

Finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Fiction

Winner of the 2014 Carla Furstenberg Cohen Prize 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

Skinner hitchhikes to New York, newly returned from Iraq, hoping to exorcise his demons. Zou Lei, an undocumented immigrant from Central Asia, catches a bus into the city, searching for a way to get by—or at least stay out of jail. Their unlikely love story becomes the heart of one of the most compelling and widely acclaimed novels in years.

A clear-eyed illustration of life in New York City's margins, Preparation For the Next Life evokes the unsettling realities of the American Dream for U.S. immigrants and unsupported veterans in stark, vivid detail. At once a nightmare and a love letter to New York City (a place one loves partly for its host of nightmares), Lish's prose is disciplined yet always alive and taut with danger, rendered with the voice of a new and natural talent.


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