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Overthrow by Caleb Crain
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Aug 27, 2019 | 416 Pages
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Praise for Overthrow:

“What a brilliant, terrifying, and entertaining book Caleb Crain has written! It is part subtle novel of contemporary manners, part intellectual legal thriller, and part prophetic dystopia: Henry James meets Bonfire of the Vanities against the backdrop of the Occupy movement and the growing surveillance power of Leviathan. It’s a novel to be read now and re-read years from now—a tour de force.”
—Keith Gessen, author of A Terrible Country


Praise for Caleb Crain’s Necessary Errors
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ONE OF THE YEAR’S BEST BOOKS: The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Kansas City Star, Flavorwire, Policy Mic, Buzzfeed
 
A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE
 
Necessary Errors is a very good novel, an enviably good one, and to read it is to relive all the anxieties and illusions and grand projects of one’s own youth.”
James Wood, The New Yorker
 
“Ferociously observed. . . . We’re not through with narratives about the Getting of Wisdom, Americans Abroad, Coming of Age, Gay Coming of Age, New Lost Generations. Among such works, a new narrative will be measured against Caleb Crain’s fine book, which will endure as a powerful entry in the great fictional exploration of the meanings of liberation.”
Norman Rush, The New York Review of Books
 
“Remarkable. . . . Necessary Errors seems exceptional among recent American novels in how smartly it turns over the economic metaphors in so much American thinking.”
David Haglund, The New York Times

“Crain nicely captures the feel of two societies perched on the edge of becoming vastly more open—gay culture and the former Eastern Bloc—but where he really shines is in capturing the subtle, omnipresent disorientation of the expat experience.”
Kathryn Schulz, New York magazine

“Despite the novel’s looming socio-political backdrop—the parting Iron Curtain and the Velvet Revolution—its story is mesmerizingly personal. . . . Like The Sun Also Rises, this book centers on the psychological events of each well-crafted character.”
Lauren Christensen, VanityFair.com

“Evocative. . . . Necessary Errors so completely recaptures the smells and scenes and political conversations and above all the feelings of 1990-1991 Czechoslovakia that I began to actively worry that Mr. Crain was inserting new memories into my brain.”
The Wall Street Journal
 
“Crain wonderfully evokes the novel’s setting in a few deft strokes. He’s a master of the thumbnail character sketch. . . . Line by line, the book is chock-full of masterly word choices and images. . . . On almost every page the reader is rewarded with gems. Necessary Errors heralds the fiction debut of a writer with intelligence and an engaging prose style.”
The New York Times Book Review
 
“A new model for contemporary fiction. . . . It recalls the dreamy pacing of Henry James or Elizabeth Bowen.”
Jane Hu, Slate
 
“Caleb Crain’s debut novel is at times reminiscent of Jane Austen. . . .  [Necessary Errors] is a subtle and magnificent look at a kind of freedom that young, thinking Americans can’t find by staying at home.”
Zeke Turner, Bookforum.com
 
“Crain’s stately, wry, and generous first novel breaks the mold. . . . The adventures of American Jacob Putnam in Czechoslovakia right after the Iron Curtain’s fall recall Henry James as much as they do Ben Lerner.”
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