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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 8.2 X 0.4 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

Olivia Laing is a widely acclaimed writer and critic. She's the author of seven books, including The Lonely City, Funny Weather and Everybody. Her first novel, Crudo, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller and won the 2019 James Tait Memorial Prize. Her work has been translated into twenty-one languages and in 2018 she was awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction. She lives in Suffolk, UK.


A single moment in modernity, deconstructed by the savagely entertaining, Acker-inspired voice of Laing.-- "Paris Review Daily"
A narrative written with immense vitality and, miraculously, the lightest of touches.--Deborah Levy "Wall Street Journal"
Written with bristling intelligence, this debut novel... pays homage to the iconoclastic author Kathy Acker, creating a pastiche of voices and identities.-- "New York Times"
Breathless and gripping.... [Crudo] traps the first summer of Trump and Brexit like a fly in amber.... As a record, Crudo is perfect, and agonizing.-- "NPR"
[Crudo is] about the longing to escape our ossified selves--to become, if only for a moment or within the pages of a novel, someone wilder and more radically free. And in staging that longing so directly and so honestly, Olivia Laing makes Crudo her own.-- "New York Times Book Review"
Crudo could turn out to be a novel that we pick up years from now to remind ourselves how these times felt.--Alexandra Schwartz "The New Yorker"
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.-- "Guardian"
A pretzel twist of form and meaning.... Laing strikes some terrific chords in this novel.--Dwight Garner "New York Times"
I don't think I'll ever forget the day I spent reading Crudo. I couldn't put it down, and then it overwhelmed me so much I had to put it down, and then I had to pick it back up again. A beautiful, strange, intelligent novel.--Sally Rooney "Guardian"
Laing's experiment, and it's a good one, is to describe the world--her world, between May 17 and September 23, 2017--as precisely as she can.... [Crudo is] a short, entirely readable, and lovably eccentric book.--The Believer "Nick Hornby"