A New York Times Notable Book * One of the ten top novels of the year -- Time and NPR NAMED A BEST BOOK ON MORE THAN TWENTY END-OF-THE-YEAR LISTS, INCLUDING The New YorkerThe AtlanticThe EconomistNewsweek/The Daily BeastThe New RepublicNew York Daily NewsLos Angeles TimesThe Boston GlobeThe Seattle... Full description
A New York Times Notable Book * One of the ten top novels of the year -- Time and NPR NAMED A BEST BOOK ON MORE THAN TWENTY END-OF-THE-YEAR LISTS, INCLUDING The New YorkerThe AtlanticThe EconomistNewsweek/The Daily BeastThe New RepublicNew York Daily NewsLos Angeles TimesThe Boston GlobeThe Seattle TimesMinneapolis Star TribuneGQSalonSlateNew York magazineThe Week * The Kansas City StarKirkus ReviewsA haunting novel about identity, dislocation, and history, Teju Cole's Open City is a profound work by an important new author who has much to say about our country and our world. Along the streets of Manhattan, a young Nigerian doctor named Julius wanders, reflecting on his relationships, his recent breakup with his girlfriend, his present, his past. He encounters people from different cultures and classes who will provide insight on his journey -- which takes him to Brussels, to the Nigeria of his youth, and into the most unrecognizable facets of his own soul. "[A] prismatic debut . . . beautiful, subtle, [and] original." -- The New Yorker "A psychological hand grenade." -- The Atlantic "Magnificent . . . a remarkably resonant feat of prose." -- The Seattle Times "A precise and poetic meditation on love, race, identity, friendship, memory, [and] dislocation." -- The Economist
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Teju Cole was born in the United States in 1975 and raised in Nigeria. He is the author of Every Day Is for the Thief and Open City, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Internationaler Literaturpreis, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the New York City Book Award, and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His photography has been exhibited in India and the United States. He is Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College