Crudo: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Laing, Olivia
Subject:  FICTION / Contemporary Women
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Humorous / Black Humor
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: WW Norton
Published: September 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 0.45in
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From The Publisher*A New York Times Notable, The New Yorker, Washington Post, NPR, Guardian, Esquire, and Bustle Best Book of 2018

"Love may not be original, but this funny, fervent novel is."-The New Yorker

It's the summer of 2017 and Kathy is getting married. Meanwhile, fascism is on the rise, truth is dead, the planet is heating up, and Trump is tweeting the world ever closer to nuclear war. In Crudo, her first work of fiction, Olivia Laing radically rewires the novel with a fierce, compassionate account of learning to love when the end of the world seems in sight.

Review Quote*Crudo could turn out to be a novel that we pick up years from now to remind ourselves how these times felt... Love may not be original, but this funny, fervent novel is. -Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker

Written with bristling intelligence... [Crudo is] about the longing to escape our ossified selves-to become, if only for  moment or within the pages of a novel, someone wilder and more radically free. And in staging that longing so directly and so honestly, Olivia Laing makes Crudo her own. -New York Times Book Review

Like the foodstuff for which it is named, Olivia Laing's Crudo is weird, intense, served in a small portion, and totally delicious... Beautifully written and artfully focused. -Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "More Books We Loved in 2018"

Breathless and gripping... [Crudo] traps the first summer of Trump and Brexit like a fly in amber. -NPR

[A] pretzel twist of form and meaning... Laing strikes some terrific chords in this novel.-Dwight Garner, New York Times

Crudo seduces from the very first sentence. Laing as Acker is not a literary device-it is literary detonation... Crudo is a hot, hot book. -Guardian

[A] single moment in modernity, deconstructed by the savagely entertaining, Acker-inspired voice of Laing.-Paris Review Daily

A narrative written with immense vitality and, miraculously, the lightest of touches... It's a subversive love story that shouldn't work, but does.-Deborah Levy, Wall Street Journal

Laing's experiment, and it's a good one, is to describe the world-her world, between May 17 and September 23, 2017-as precisely as she can... [Crudo is] a short, entirely readable, and lovably eccentric book. -Nick Hornby, The Believer

Laing...dunks you into the narrative and its fast-moving waters. It's only once you get to the end that you realize you've been holding your breath.-Vanity Fair

[Crudo] manages to capture the delirium and anxiety of carrying on through [this] turbulent period with searing clarity. -Time
Biographical NoteOlivia Laing is the author of three much-admired works of biography, memoir, and criticism. Her most recent, The Lonely City, was translated into fifteen languages. In 2018 she was awarded the Windham-Campbell prize for non-fiction. She lives in London, England, and Crudo is her first novel.