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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.5 X 8.3 X 0.8 inches | 0.6 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.


Crudo could turn out to be a novel that we pick up years from now to remind ourselves how these times felt... Love may not be original, but this funny, fervent novel is.--Alexandra Schwartz "The New Yorker"
Written with bristling intelligence... [Crudo is] about the longing to escape our ossified selves--to become, if only for 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"
Like the foodstuff for which it is named, Olivia Laing's Crudo is weird, intense, served in a small portion, and totally delicious... Beautifully written and artfully focused.--Rebecca Mead "The New Yorker"
Breathless and gripping... [Crudo] traps the first summer of Trump and Brexit like a fly in amber.-- "NPR"
[A] pretzel twist of form and meaning... Laing strikes some terrific chords in this novel.--Dwight Garner "New York Times"
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] 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... It's a subversive love story that shouldn't work, but does.--Deborah Levy "Wall Street Journal"
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.--Nick Hornby "The Believer"
Laing...dunks you into the narrative and its fast-moving waters. It's only once you get to the end that you realize you've been holding your breath.-- "Vanity Fair"
[Crudo] manages to capture the delirium and anxiety of carrying on through [this] turbulent period with searing clarity.-- "Time"