Freeman's: California


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Grove Press
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5.4 X 8.2 X 1.0 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

John Freeman was the editor of Granta until 2013. His books include How to Read a Novelist, Tales of Two Cities, Tales of Two Americas, and Maps, his debut collection of poems. He is executive editor at the Literary Hub and teaches at the New School and New York University. His work has appeared in the New Yorker and the Paris Review and has been translated into twenty languages.


Praise for Freeman's: California"Assimilation, or rejection of that notion, is a running theme throughout Freeman's: California, whether to the demands of California's wild or the dominant capitalist culture . . . Work by Lauren Markham, Robin Coste Lewis, Héctor Tobar, Jennifer Egan, Oscar Villalon, and Rachel Kushner elevates it to a necessary piece in a literary California collection."--Los Angeles Times

"Captures the western state's complex history through the eyes of both new writers and established names . . . From every facet of the literary world, this cacophony of fresh and well-known writers with every award under their collective belts movingly interprets struggles and dreams in the Sunshine State."--Shelf Awareness (starred review)

"The work is wide-ranging, by newcomers and established talents: Xuan Juliana Wang, Elaine Castillo, Frank Bidart, D.A. Powell. It tells the story of California in pieces, which is the only way it can be told . . . The point--or one of them--is that, in California, one must learn to persevere. In this collection, California in all its glorious complexity comes vividly to life."--Kirkus Reviews

"California--land of golden dreams, proud melting pot, home to both the poor and the unimaginably rich--is an amalgam. Her complexities are captured in the essays of Freeman's: California, which reaches across time and cultures to indicate what the state means to its variety of inhabitants . . . For those whose dreams carry them westward, Freeman's: California will prove to be a knowing guide, diving deep into the contemporary state, from its southern border up to its golden gates."--Foreword Reviews

Praise for Freeman's

"There's an illustrious new literary journal in town . . . [with] fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by new voices and literary heavyweights . . . alike."

"A terrific anthology . . . Sure to become a classic in years to come."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Ambitious."--O Magazine

"Freeman draws from a global cache of talent . . . An expansive reading experience."--Kirkus Reviews

"Looking at what John [Freeman] has put together in [his] first edition, I'm struck by how many names I don't know and how diverse and global it is. My only disappointment is that it's going to be twice a year--I think we need it 4 times a year."--James Wood, Radio Boston

"Illuminating . . . Perfect reading for our ever-accelerating times."--NPR's Book Concierge

"Freeman's is fresh, provocative, engrossing."

"A first-rate anthology of bold, searching and personal writing by emerging and established writers."--Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"From the abstract to the literal, there is no shortage of provocative, thoughtful pieces here."--Publishers Weekly

"Freeman's sets a new standard for literary journals . . . It's refreshing and full of nuanced stories that will linger with you long after you finish them."--Chicago Literati

"[An] infinitely relatable and beautifully crafted prose and poetry anthology . . . Freeman has assembled a thoughtful and profoundly accessible collection of work that connects our vulnerabilities, our expectations and our hopes."--Newcity Lit

"[A] thrillingly unique collection of voices."--Toronto Star