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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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5.98 X 9.06 X 1.26 inches | 1.32 pounds

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About the Author
Justin Torres is the author of We the Animals, which won the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, was translated into fifteen languages, and was adapted into a feature film. He was named one of the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35, a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and a fellow at the New York Public Library's Cullman Center. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Granta, Tin House, and The Washington Post. He lives in Los Angeles and is an associate professor of English at UCLA.

"Sweeping, ingenious . . . A kiss to build a dream on."
--Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air

"An extraordinary achievement . . . A perfect book."
--Bill Goldstein, Weekend Today in New York

"Torres swings for the bleachers in Blackouts, a transfixing collage of gorgeous prose and manipulated illustrations . . . It's easily 2023's sexiest novel . . . A tour de force. Run, don't walk, to buy it."
--Hamilton Cain, Star Tribune

"As ambitious and bold as it is beautifully elegiac, this dynamic novel captures the act of storytelling as though one's life depends on it . . . An atmospheric, brilliant novel.
--Lauren LeBlanc, The Boston Globe

"The supreme pleasure of [Blackouts] is its slow obliteration of any firm idea of reality . . . Torres haunts this book full of ghosts like a ghost himself, and with this novel, he has passed the haunting on."
--Hugh Ryan, The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice)

"Shimmering, fable-like . . . An ingenious assemblage of research, vignette, image and conceit . . . Playful and mysterious, there's much in it to admire."
--Charles Arrowsmith, The Washington Post

"A surreal, expansive, audacious excavation of queer history and identity."
--David Canfield, Vanity Fair

"A transfixing and emotional examination of history . . . [Blackouts] illuminates the ways in which the lives and experiences of marginalized people have long been omitted from written records."
--Megan McCluskey, Time

"Artfully blur[s] history, autobiography and fiction . . . Beautiful."
--Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

"If you locked Shirley Jackson and David Wojnarowicz in a room together, they might invent the kind of moldering dreamworld that Justin Torres conjures in [Blackouts] . . . [A] glorious book."
--Beejay Silcox, The Guardian

"An experimental journey into the annals of queer history that is equal parts intergenerational love letter and homoerotic fever dream."
--Jeremy Childs, Los Angeles Times

"A vital novel about the erasure of queer history."
--Adrienne Westenfeld, Esquire

"A dreamy novel that unfurls among mixed media and Socratic dialogues, moving freely between fact and fiction as it proposes and complicates questions about how history is made."
--Joshua Barone, The New York Times

"Dazzling . . . Torres has created his own queer history story through the eyes of the narrator learning from Juan through art, poetry, and more. The result is prismatic and beautiful."
--Sarah Neilson, Shondaland

"A triumph."
--Christian Paz, Vox

"Each page of Blackouts is like a lens that Torres clicks into place, some of them clarifying your vision, others obscuring it, until, eventually, you can see."
--Tope Folarin, The Atlantic

"Irresistible . . . [An] ambitious, unruly novel of ideas . . . [and] a deeply moving queer love story."
--Steven Pfau, Chicago Review of Books

"As demanding and beautifully difficult as it is seductive, disarming, and important."
--Brontez Purnell, BOMB

"Disorientation is a pleasure in [Blackouts] . . . An earnest project that does not seek to distill settled conclusions from the queer past."
--Colton Valentine, Bookforum

"Blackouts soars . . . A rare masterpiece."
--Christopher Bollen, Interview