By Olivia Laing
It's the summer of 2017 and Kathy 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.
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About the AuthorOlivia Laing is a widely acclaimed writer and critic. Her work appears in numerous publications, including the Guardian, Observer, New Statesman, Frieze, and New York Times. She's a Yaddo and MacDowell Fellow and was 2014 Eccles Writer in Residence at the British Library. Her first book, To the River, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the Dolman Travel Book of the Year. The Trip to Echo Spring was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Biography Award and the 2014 Gordon Burn Prize. The Lonely City has been shortlisted for the 2016 Gordon Burn Prize. She lives in Cambridge. www.OliviaLaing.co.uk. Follow @OliviaLanguage on Twitter.
A narrative written with immense vitality and, miraculously, the lightest of touches.--Deborah Levy
Written with bristling intelligence, this debut novel... pays homage to the iconoclastic author Kathy Acker, creating a pastiche of voices and identities.--Notable Book of 2018
Crudo could turn out to be a novel that we pick up years from now to remind ourselves how these times felt.--Alexandra Schwartz
Crudo seduces from the very first sentence. Laing as Acker is not a literary device--it is literary detonation.... Crudo is a hot, hot book.
A pretzel twist of form and meaning.... Laing strikes some terrific chords in this novel.--Dwight Garner