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About the Author
A graduate of UC Irvine's MFA program, Christopher M. Hood is the director of the Creative Writing Program at the Dalton School. He has published short fiction and essays in various literary journals. The Revivalists is his first novel. He lives in the New York area with his wife and daughter.
In rendering a fictional pandemic Christopher Hood's gutsy debut is a reminder of art's power to tell us about reality. The Revivalists isn't a story about the apocalypse but an odyssey through the America we currently inhabit, as thrilling (I read it in two dazed sittings) as it is thoughtful about race and class, need and want, and the power of parental love. -- Rumaan Alam, New York Times bestselling author of Leave the World Behind
"The Revivalists is a thrilling, terrifying, surprising, and tender debut, written in such exquisitely precise prose that I felt singed by its imaginary fires and warmed by its beating heart. Chris Hood's nightmarish cross-country family odyssey is also one of the most beautiful love stories I've ever read." -- Karen Russell, bestselling author of Swamplandia! and Orange World
It's hard to imagine a story more necessary now than one about humanity somehow persisting in the face of civilization's collapse. In The Revivalists, Christopher M. Hood makes an utterly convincing argument for love's power to lend meaning and purpose to existence. Hood is a master dramatist; tense, anxious scenes resonate loudly after their tuning forks are struck. We swing from terror, to humor, to trenchant political commentary, to the strange resilience of psychotherapy to the limitless capacity for the Wu Tang Clan to delight and edify across generations. -- Matthew Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of We Are Not Ourselves
From the very first page, Christopher Hood's debut forcefully claims the reader's attention and does not release it until the entire fascinating, suspenseful journey is done. This is an American story through and through, written in keen, lively prose, stirringly speculative while being alarmingly recognizable and real. The Revivalists is urgent, beguiling, compassionate, and strikingly relevant. -- Jamel Brinkley, National Book Award finalist for A Lucky Man