What We've Lost Is Nothing

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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Rachel Louise Snyder is the author of Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade, the novel What We've Lost Is Nothing, and No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the New Republic, Slate, NPR, and elsewhere. No Visible Bruises won the 2018 Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, the 2020 Hillman Book Prize, and the New York Public Library's Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism; and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kirkus Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award, and it was named a top ten book of 2019 by the New York Times. Snyder received an Overseas Press Award for her work on This American Life. A 2020 Guggenheim fellow, Snyder lives in Washington, DC, and is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Journalism at American University. Follow her on Twitter at @RLSWrites.


Riveting . . . Snyder's portrayal of the disintegration of this one quiet block is masterful, forcing the reader to examine the possibility of his own stereotypical behavior if faced with a similar situation.-- "Bookpage"
Rachel Louise Snyder writes with the rigorous scrutiny of an investigative journalist and the deep and roving empathy of a natural-born novelist. What We've Lost is Nothing is a stellar debut by an important and necessary new voice among us.--Andre Dubus III "author of House of Sand and Fog and Townie"
An important new voice in fiction. With sharp prose and compelling insight, Snyder renders a beautiful portrait of both the complex world of Ilios Lane and the gulf between the way that we imagine our worst fears, and the way that they come to pass and demand that we survive them.--Danielle Evans "author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self"
"Snyder offers us an unflinching and complicated portrait of a community that is afraid to look back at itself, and she does so with grace, wit and tenderness of heart. This book is stunning and so incredibly relevant."--Alison Espach "author of The Adults"
A compelling and important novel about family and neighborhood, about individuals when ideals and values are thrown into harsh contrast. A marvelous book.--Mark LaFramboise "Bookseller, Politics and Prose"
Ideas abound in this thoughtful story, a demonstration of the author's years of experience as a community organizer. What We've Lost Is Nothing has the stamp of authenticity.-- "Washington Post"
Snyder's debut is smooth and engaging, and reads like the work of a veteran novelist.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Keenly observed.-- "Minneapolis Star-Tribune"
"Veteran journalist Snyder crafts a muscular and fearless debut novel that boldly tackles the heady themes of prejudice, self-preservation, poverty and privilege. . . .Snyder's drama provocatively reveals the escalating tensions of a community about to implode."-- "Booklist"
Snyder's character development is astounding, as are the complexities of her writing. She manages to tackle some big issues including racism, city vs. suburb, violence, and the enigma of the human psyche -- all while telling a spectacular story.-- "Bookslut"
A powerful, page-turning debut that dares to delve below the surface of our glossy American lives. You may never look at your neighbors--or yourself--the same way again.--David Goodwillie "author of American Subversive"