American Pop

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6.2 X 9.2 X 1.3 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Born and raised in Mississippi, Snowden Wright is the author of American Pop, a Wall Street Journal WSJ+ Book of the Month and NPR Best Book of the Year. He has written for The Atlantic, Salon, Esquire, The Millions, and the New York Daily News, among other publications, and previously worked as a fiction reader at The New Yorker, Esquire, and The Paris Review. Wright was a Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellow at the Carson McCullers Center, and his small-press debut, Play Pretty Blues, received the Summer Literary Seminar's Graywolf Prize. He lives in Yazoo County, Mississippi.

"Spectacular . . . an American saga of one man's ambition, the woman who stoked it, and the family whose complex identity it became. Snowden Wright takes us into the heart of the deep South with insight, sophistication, and humor. What a ride!"--Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of Kiss Carlo
"You'll be up all night reading American Pop; rich, Mississippians loose on the world, committing hi-jinks, and with a lovely satisfying ending. A great read."--Paulette Jiles, bestselling author of News of the World
"In Snowden Wright's excellent novel, past and present blend to reveal a particularly American story of one family's ascent and fall. Like Panola Cola, the soft drink that makes the Forster family fortune, American Pop is supremely unique and immensely satisfying."--Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of Serena
"The House of Forster is built on bubbles; watching each wealth-addled generation try not to blow the family fortune and/or disgrace its name provides not only excellent Southern Gothic fun but a panoramic tour of the American Century."--Jonathan Dee, author of the Pulitzer Prize Finalist The Privileges
"American Pop captures the best and worst of the twentieth century . . . Wright shows us first what it means to belong to a family; then he shows us what it costs to belong to a country. A remarkable achievement."
--Jeffery Renard Allen, award-winning author of Song of the Shank and Rails Under My Back
"In the vein of To Kill A Mockingbird and more recent classics like The Twelve-Mile Straight and Miss Jane, American Pop explores the South's dark side. A probing cultural history, the book is also a literary innovation."--BookPage
"The Forster children... and their struggles to find their place in the world beyond simply their family legacy is what makes American Pop a profound exploration of identity."--Deep South Magazine
"A sweeping account of how a family fortune is always variably defined by its different generations.... Snowden Wright's grand and generous American Pop all-too-convincingly renders his American dynasty a mere museum piece in the end, revealing along the way a tough-as-nails sensibility that I much admired."--Joshua Ferris, bestselling author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
"American Pop delivers a wondrously mosaic-like, multigenerational chronicle of a family that builds a soda pop empire from a Mississippi Delta drugstore.... A singularly original work."--New York Journal of Books
"A sweeping, supremely entertaining debut novel about a Southern family's very American rise then fall with the fate of their soda company.... Wright tells their story playfully, weaving in various quotes and "facts" about the characters as though they're news reports. It's funny and it totally works."--AARP
"American Pop fizzes with the same energy as a freshly opened soft drink.... Snowden Wright's lush depictions of the varied time periods and locales make it easy to envision it all. So, crack open a can and savor this story."--NPR
"Mr. Wright's imagined history of the rise and fall of the sugary drink empire is so robust and recognizable that you might feel nostalgic for the taste of a soda you've never had . . . the short chapters go down like snack food . . . [with] carnivalesque flavor."--Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal
"Snowden Wright's sprawling historical novel about the generations of a soda pop dynasty reads with a lush accumulation of momentum across the lives of the Forster family and the dozens of strangers unlucky enough to be drawn into its orbit. Every reader will have a favorite Forster, and every reader will be gradually, gloriously disillusioned."--Open Letters Review