The Loneliest Americans


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Crown Publishing Group (NY)
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5.8 X 8.2 X 1.1 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Jay Caspian Kang is a writer-at-large for The New York Times Magazine. His other work has appeared in The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker, and on This American Life and Vice, where he worked as an Emmy-nominated correspondent. He is the author of the novel The Dead Do Not Improve, which The Boston Globe called "an extremely smart, funny debut, with moments of haunting beauty."


"Kang combines his personal family history with deft reportage in a provocative and sweeping examination of racial identity, belonging and family."--Time

"The Loneliest Americans dares readers to push beyond their comfort zones and deconstruct the mythology of American identity."--LitHub

"From courtrooms to classrooms, Reddit threads to Kang's own family history, The Loneliest Americans fearlessly, voraciously probes the foundations of the Asian American experience, not to disavow it but to conjure bracing new visions of community and solidarity."--Hua Hsu, author of A Floating Chinaman

"Jay Caspian Kang's singular voice combines Salingeresque charm with simmering rage, deadpan hilarity, and laser brilliance as he examines the conflicted efforts of upwardly mobile Asian Americans to find their place in the Black-white binary of American racial struggle and politics. Readers from other 'inconvenient' minorities will definitely relate. Kang leads us to a smarter, more compassionate and consequential place to take a stand."--Francisco Goldman, author of Monkey Boy

"Thought-provoking, bold, incisive, and intelligent--I don't have enough adjectives for Jay Caspian Kang's work or the sheer pleasure of reading his prose. This is a book sure to start, inform, and enrich many conversations."--Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown

"Jay Caspian Kang is an unmissable interrogator of contemporary identity politics: sharp, conflicted, allergic to sanctimony, and unsparing most of all when he looks at himself. The Loneliest Americans is a call for a multivalent and radically honest vision of Asian life in America, a clear look at the schism between the affronts faced by upper-middle-class professionals and the reality of the unprotected working class. Kang lays out the seductions of protective self-interest that need to be reckoned with before they can be cast aside--the individualistic narratives of trauma and ambition lays out the seductions of protective self-interest that must be overcome if Asians in America hope to establish a politics of broad radical solidarity."--Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror

"[A] searing treatise . . . Kang is refreshingly candid in his analysis, addressing how immigrants who come from Asia lack the intrinsic solidarity that has been foisted upon them. . . . This excellent commentary on the Asian American experience radiates with nuance and emotion."--Publishers Weekly