Great Expectations

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Hogarth Press
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5.76 X 8.51 X 0.99 inches | 0.82 pounds

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About the Author
Vinson Cunningham is a staff writer and a theatre critic at The New Yorker and a Pulitzer Prize Finalist. He co-hosts the podcast "Critics at Large" and his writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Fader, Vulture, The Awl, and McSweeney's. A former staffer on Barack Obama's first presidential campaign and in his White House, Cunningham has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, the Yale School of Art, and Columbia University's School of the Arts. He lives in New York City.
"Rarer is a debut that announces a talent like Cunningham's."--Damon Young, The New York Times

"One of the smartest and most involving political novels I've read in ages."--Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal

"Vinson Cunningham's sparkling debut novel, set during the Obama campaign, earns its comparisons to Henry James."--Laura Miller, Slate

"Cunningham's remarkable first novel matches the scale of its namesake."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Alive in its intellectual detours, with Cunningham considering religion, race, sex, film, politics, fatherhood, and more . . . A top-shelf intellectual bildungsroman."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"This is a novel of so many things--love and pride and pity and politics and sex and God and fatherhood--but, ultimately, it is about the human ambition to make sense of the troubled waters of our times. Brilliantly written, piercingly smart, quietly subversive, Great Expectations will be one of the talked-about novels of the year."--Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin, winner of the National Book Award

"The aptly titled Great Expectations announces Vinson Cunningham as a novelist of singular style, wit, and ambition. Read Great Expectations and see our recent past, our present, and even our future anew."--Angela Flournoy, author of The Turner House, finalist for the National Book Award

"Vinson Cunningham's Great Expectations is epic, intimate, and brimming with brilliance. [It's] is a phenomenal, transfixing work, and Cunningham is a singular, dazzling writer."--Bryan Washington, author of Family Meal and Memorial

"In Great Expectations, gospel is both a formative rhythm and a means of seduction. Cunningham writes thoughtfully about aspiration, fatalism, and the complexity of bearing witness to the creation of a mythology. I always look forward to reading his work."--Raven Leilani, New York Times bestselling author of Luster

"Recent history becomes both thrillingly vivid and achingly past in Vinson Cunningham's spellbinding debut novel, Great Expectations. A coming-of-age novel of the richest, most expansive kind, it's a rare debut, one that feels both intimate and revelatory."--Megan Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of The Turnout

"An electrifying first novel and bildungsroman of consummate artistry and sensitivity, honed vision and wit."--Booklist (starred review)

"Great Expectations tackles questions of politics, race, religion, and family with Cunningham's characteristic poise and insight."--The Millions

"The vivid attention to detail in Great Expectations creates a singular, and sobering, mood--an ambient rumination on the recent, and seemingly very distant, past."--The Boston Globe