The New York Times bestselling debut novel by the author of the Folio Prize shortlisted The Flamethrowers
Rachel Kushner's second novel, The Flamethrowers was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award and was one of the New York Times Top Ten books of 2013. Named Time's Most Popular Book among Critics, The Flamethrowers topped the Best Book lists of 2013, including those of Time, Vogue, Oprah, Slate, the Guardian, the New Yorker, the Observer, The Times, the Telegraph, the Financial Times, the Scotsman, the Herald and the Evening Standard. New York magazine declared it the number one book of 2013. Kushner's New York Times best-selling debut novel, Telex From Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the California Book Award, and a New York Times Notable Book. Kushner is the only writer ever nominated for a National Book Award for both a first and second novel. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, the Guardian, the Financial Times, The Paris Review, and Artforum. She is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship.
"Rachel Kushner's debut novel is an absolute blinder... Like the sea which surrounds Cuba, Telex From Cuba is ever-shifting, and it is luminous" * The Times * "If you relish glittering language that pursues emotional and political truth, you'll be enthralled by Telex from Cuba... the atmosphere seethes and crackles... [a] lush, intoxicating book" * Independent * "Telex from Cuba is epic and enjoyable: the style is lush and precise; the parties and cookouts, the drinks and affairs are beautiful and poignant, full of the pleasures of wealth overshadowed by loss." -- Anne Enright * Guardian * "Fascinating and vividly detailed... You can almost feel the heat radiating from the page: the air is mosquito-thick and tainted with a nickel oxide haze, the tropical landscape a character in its own right" * Observer * "A piece of fiction quite breathtaking in its assurance [...] a beautifully weighted treatise on colonial attitudes, capitalism, racism and the interactions and divisions between cultures and classes" -- Billy O'Callaghan * Irish Examiner * "A lush, meticulous, cinematic debut novel" * Elle * "Kushner evokes a dreamlike paradise... A poignant tale" -- Antonia Charlesworth * Big Issue * "[Kushner's] cleverly counterposed registers and nuanced explanation of the way we make and remake ourselves elevates her book beyond the standard historical romp" -- David Annand * Sunday Telegraph * "Detail-packed prose" * Glasgow Herald * "Deeply evocative... A fascinating and vividly detailed portrait of the country" -- Natasha Tripney * Observer * "An intriguing, multifaceted portrait of a society in flux" -- David Evans * Independent on Sunday * "Massively compelling... Tough yet tender writing that throbs with history, nostalgia and love" * Bath Chronicle * "It begs for a big-screen adaptation" * London Magazine * "Telex from Cuba is a wonderful debut and essential reading for those who wish to follow the career of one of the best new writers of our generation" -- Stephen Joyce * Nudge * "[Telex From Cuba] proves that this American author is a superstar of the future" -- Nick Barley * Herald *