New American Stories

Ben Marcus

Published: 6 October 2016
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 784 pages
ISBN: 9781783781485

About the author

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Ben Marcus is the author of The Age of Wire and String, Notable American Women, The Flame Alphabet and Leaving the Sea. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Harper's and the Paris Review. Marcus has received a Whiting Writers' Award, a Berlin Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is on the faculty at Columbia University in New York. More about the author


‘A generous and beautifully designed brick of an anthology... [With writing that is] audaci[ous] and exuberant... it's a well-weighted collection confidently establishing a centre of gravity for American fiction’ Jonathan Gibbs



‘A landmark collection... It's a book to wrestle with as well as enjoy; one that forces you to assess and reassess your own sense of what makes a story any good - even of what makes a story a story. At once absolutely contemporary and timeless’ James Lasdun

‘A snapshot of the past decade from across the pond’ Max Liu, Books of the Year

‘A vibrant and disturbing collection’ Erica Wagner

‘A wealth of fine writing’ Billy O’Callaghan

‘An electrifying odd piece of curation, corralling 32 stories from the post-9/11 age’

‘Baroque, knowing, hyper-ironised creations... It's in this stylistic restlessness that the attempt to grapple with certain shifts in the collective sense of what it is to be human manifests itself... It accumulates an unexpectedly powerful coherence’ James Lasdun

‘Marcus's volume is a high octane affair... by the end of the anthology we are left excited by all that is taking place across the Atlantic’ Ruth Gilligan

‘There's something here to delight everyone’ Matt Sturrock

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