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Famous Men Who Never Lived Paperback – 2 February 2021

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A gripping and thought-provoking read.-- "Popular Science"

A story about immigration wrapped inside a post-apocalyptic fable with multiple universes that also manages to be a meditation on art, fate, trauma, and loss.-- "The Millions"

As timely and powerfully written as it is jaw-droppingly imaginative.-- "Salon"

Impossible to forget.-- "Book Riot"

Impressive.-- "Vol. 1 Brooklyn"

Incredibly intriguing.-- "The Washington Post"

Intriguing and fresh . . . a promising new voice in speculative fiction.-- "Booklist"

Magnificent. . . . An awesome and humbling literary achievement.-- "Foreword Reviews, Starred Review"

Powerful.-- "The Verge"

Remarkable.-- "A.V. Club, Best Books of the Year"

Stands among the best works of hybrid SF.-- "New York Journal of Books"

The novel jumps off from a fascinating premise into strange and fertile territory. K Chess constructs not just one universe, but two, and delicately entangles them to create a rich, engrossing exploration of displacement, history, memory, of the past and the present. Conceptually adventurous yet full of feeling, Famous Men Who Never Lived is a smart, thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable debut.--Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown

A beautiful labyrinth of a novel--electric, formidable, and wildly moving.--Laura van den Berg, author of I Hold a Wolf by the Ears

A beautifully written and conceived novel, and one whose message of empathy across lines of difference is much needed.--Tor.com

Eerie and ingenious. . . . Describes an impossible world in order to more clearly show us our own.--Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Dreamers

Powerfully written.--Jo Walton, Tor.com

Spectacular.--Dana Spiotta, author of Innocents and Others

About the Author

K Chess is the author of short stories honored by the Nelson Algren Literary Award and the Pushcart Prize. She was a W. K. Rose Fellow, earned an MFA from Southern Illinois University, and currently teaches at GrubStreet. She lives with her wife in Providence, Rhode Island.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tin House Books (2 February 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 328 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1951142284
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1951142285
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 2.54 x 21.59 cm
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