The Furrows

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Random House Publishing Group
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5.3 X 8.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author
Namwali Serpell was born in Lusaka, Zambia, and lives in New York. She received a 2020 Windham-Campbell Literature Prize, the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing, and a 2011 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award. Her debut novel, The Old Drift, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction, and the Los Angeles Times's Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction; it was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2019 by the New York Times Book Review and one of Time magazine's 100 Must-Read Books of the Year. Her nonfiction book, Stranger Faces, was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. She is currently a professor of English at Harvard.
"A triumph . . . so visceral it leaves the reader breathless."--New York Magazine

"A novel that reclaims and refashions the genre of the elegy, charging it with as much eros as pathos."--The New Yorker

"With warmth and dexterity, Serpell has crafted a narrative that underscores how loss can show us the depths of our love."--Time

"Intimate . . . a miasmic journey through grief and identity, terror and uncertainty, that is finely and compellingly wrought."--Los Angeles Times

"The Furrows is an English major's dream date. Serpell taps influences across genres, from Virginia Woolf to Dashiell Hammett to Toni Morrison."--The Star Tribune

"Surreal and magical . . . confirms Serpell's place as one of the most innovative and intelligent writers today."--Financial Times

"A wrenching examination of grief, memory, and reality . . . Let this breathtaking novel roll over you in waves."--Esquire

"Is there anything more exciting than an artist in their prime? The Furrows follows Namwali Serpell's tremendous debut . . . with an even more intimate, subversive novel . . ."--Chicago Tribune

"A gorgeous, surreal meditation on identity and mourning, one that squeezes the heartstrings and rarely relaxes its grip."--Vulture

"A powerful exploration of grief, memory, and loss that becomes part of a larger story of Black identity and double consciousness."--Poets & Writers

"Enthralling . . . Serpell [is] utterly unafraid to fuse and forge genres, turning up the levels of suspense, mystery, and even romance."--The A.V. Club

"This extraordinary new novel explores love, loss, and longing in new and unexpected ways."--Ms.

"[A] gorgeous new novel about grief, hope, and what W.E.B. Du Bois called 'double consciousness.'"--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Already earning its author comparisons to Toni Morrison. . . Destined to end up on every Best of the Year list."--Lit Hub

"Serpell continues to expand the possibilities of what literature can accomplish."--Booklist

"Stylistically refreshing and emotionally intense, cementing Serpell's place among the best writers going."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A ghost story, a murder mystery, a thriller, a redemptive love story that never loses its knife edge of danger. A daring and masterful novel about how we respond to the mystery of death."--Kiran Desai

"A genuine tour de force."--Jonathan Lethem

"A piercing, sharply written novel about the conjuring power of loss."--Raven Leilani

"Riveting."--Tracy K. Smith

"A triumph, a book that succeeds brilliantly in reconfiguring and retuning itself."--Jamel Brinkley

"Thrilling [in] its ability to constantly surprise and keep us on the edge of our seats."--Maaza Mengiste

"Who could have imagined that a novel about loss and long grieving could be so soaring, so sexy, so luminously beautiful and poetic."--Neel Mukherjee

"A deeply felt novel that deserves to be read."--Nicole Dennis-Benn