Emerald City

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Animal Riot Press
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5.51 X 0.85 X 8.5 inches | 1.06 pounds
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About the Author

Brian Birnbaum grew up thirty minutes west of Camden Yards in Baltimore, where at four years old he cried because the Yankees were losing. An MFA graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, his work has been published or is forthcoming in The Smart Set, The Collagist, Atticus Review, SLAM Magazine, Lit Hub, Political Animal, and more. Emerald City is his first novel. Brian is a child of Deaf adults (CODA) and works in development for the family sign language interpreting business. He lives in Harlem with the writer M.K. Rainey and their dog.


"Though this nimble and virtuosic novel tracks everything from the long shadow of addiction to the unique pressures of college athletics, Emerald City is, at its heart, an intensely moving story about family." - Gabe Habash, Author of Stephen Florida (Coffee House Press)

"In Emerald City, Brian Birnbaum expertly creates a kinetic but pained world. The result is an addictive blend of compelling discovery and desultory recognition. Above all, it's the authenticity of the work that most controls." - Sergio De La Pava, Author of A Naked Singularity (University of Chicago Press) and Lost Empress (Pantheon)

"A fiercely smart, intricately structured, riveting debut novel. It's a little unfair that Brian Birnbaum should possess so many gifts. Fortunately, Emerald City is our prize, not his." - David Hollander, Author of L.I.E. (Ballantine Books) and Anthropica (Forthcoming from Dead Rabbits Books)

"Melding basketball, trust funds, drug mules, and good ol' noirish intrigue, Brian Birnbaum's Dickensian portrayal of a hypercapitalistic Seattle's underbelly (and overbelly) must be read and savored to be believed." - Leland Cheuk, author of The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong (Chicago Center for Literature and Photography) and No Good Very Bad Asian (C&R Press)