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Overthrow by Caleb Crain

Overthrow

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Overthrow by Caleb Crain
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Aug 27, 2019 | ISBN 9780525560456
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Praise for Overthrow:

“Crain skillfully evokes a recent past when the unprecedented access fostered by the internet still felt like a promise of liberation. . . . Overthrow is a nineteenth-century social novel for the twenty-first-century surveillance state. . . . Tender, psychologically precise prose. . . . Crain’s novel reminds us that real sympathetic awareness . . . remains our best defense against its weaponized digital double.”  
Julian Lucas, The New York Times Book Review

“Beautifully rendered. . . . The novel is virtuosic in mining beauty and pathos from the texture of daily life. . . . Crain’s sentences themselves, with their jewelled words and carefully curated perceptions, constitute a kind of cri de coeur.”
—Garth Greenwell, The New Yorker

 “Playfully fantastical. . . . Overthrow does what a second novel should do: It risks something. . . . Legitimately great psychological fiction. . . . It’s also a great gay novel. . . . In Overthrow, Crain realistically and romantically does justice to our most real and romantic of powers.”
Anthony Domestico, The Boston Globe

[Overthrow] follows a group of bright young political idealists. . . . A love story. . . . Crain opts to tell this story at a more intimate level, with a degree of emotional acuity that recalls Henry James. . . . Overthrow captures the depth of disconnection that the online world creates, and the dread and depression it sows. . . . Swapping human connection for an algorithm of convenience is a lousy bargain, Crain argues. His novel is a sensitive, provocative plea to recognize what gets lost in the exchange.” 
Mark Athitakis, The Washington Post

“Perceptive. . . . A carefully unsentimental book. . . . Full of sentences of great sensitivity and precision. . . . Overthrow finds redemption at the place where ‘telepathy’ shades into empathy.”
—Annalisa Quinn, NPR.org
 
Overthrow follows a ground of young progressives who are determined to turn the tables on power through the use of telepathy. . . . While the machinations of resistance and control form the plot, the real theme of Overthrow is loyalty: Who do you protect? And how much of yourself will you give to ensure their safety? As with Necessary Errors, the sentences in Overthrow sting.”
—Christopher Bollen, Interview magazine

“Crain’s prose sparkles most when it returns to scenes of private interiority, of personal anguish and emotional attunement. Even as the book conjures the dystopian potential of twenty-first-century techno-capitalism, its best scenes remain its more textured intimate moments. If the state seeks to conquer by force, then the kind of revolution Overthrow proposes—however cautiously—is one that rests in forms of unspoken, telepathic consent. It’s the kind of affective connection we might find, for instance, in a novel.”
—Jane Hu, Bookforum


“A romance and a story of relationships set against the backdrop of the Occupy movement, exploring, power, idealism, technology, and the way we forge connections in the dystopian world we’ve created. . . . Sign me up.”
Lydia Kiesling, The Millions “Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half of 2019 Book Preview”

“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

“No one can deny Henry James is still a significant force in fiction. . . . Caleb Crain’s Jamesian story of New York in late 2011, the autumn of Occupy and its aftermath, is among the most cunning, most subtle examples I know. . . . Frequently witty. . . . Crain [has] the Master’s touch.”
—Nicholas Dames, Public Books

“Crain’s novel, like Jonathan Lethem’s Dissident Gardens, is a fascinating depiction of the Occupy period, a moment that popularized a stronger critique of capitalism and led to even more overt forms of surveillance. As the characters’ friendships strain, Crain offers many wonderful turns of phrase that evocatively demonstrate how surveillance affects how all of us think, relate, and communicate. Crain also pertinently explores the legal and moral challenges of the digital age.”
Booklist



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.”
The Millions

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