“The honed-steel sentences on display here – vivid and sharp and scarily persuasive – are all the more harrowing for the vulnerability they manage to convey. Abe Kunstler is a singular protagonist, and Trenton Makes is a passionate and original first novel.”
—Garth Risk Hallberg, author of City on Fire
“A stunning debut. Utterly brilliant.”
—Philipp Meyer, author of The Son and American Rust
“A novel cut from the same startling bolt of literary cloth used by writers like Djuna Barnes, William Faulkner or James Baldwin. Trenton Makes is about America now. Not the one that gropes at phantom meaning in gilded towers; the one filled with fierce, indelible human beings who squint out, unblinking at the raw, beautiful, wrecked world.”
—Laird Hunt, author of Neverhome
“This is storytelling on steroids. Tadzio Koelb is a writer’s writer, and his densely packed and evocative novel is as thrilling as it is disturbing. Trenton Makes invokes our post-postmodern world, an intensely claustrophobic space, where identity remains fluid and reality is what you make it. I thought of Gogol as I read this, and Dostoyevsky – just to name a couple of his ancestors. Language itself is, as much as anything, the protagonist of this gritty, even hyper-real novel, which stays in the head like all good fiction, this waking dream.”
—Jay Parini, author of The Last Station and The Passages of H.M.