Rachel Kushner


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Rachel Kushner is the only writer to ever be nominated for a National Book Award in Fiction for both a first and second novel. She began her Bachelor’s in Political Economy at the University of California, Berkeley when she was only sixteen and went on to obtain an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She published her first novel, Telex from Cuba, in 2008. Kushner has edited for Grand Street Magazine, BOMB, Soft Targets, and Artforum, among others. Her fiction and essays can be found in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Paris Review, and frequently focus on issues of feminism, contemporary art, revolutionary politics, culture, and modernism. In 2013 New York Magazine called Kushner’s second book, The Flamethrowers, “ ...more

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The Mars Room

3.48 avg rating — 31,182 ratings — published 2018 — 45 editions
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The Flamethrowers

3.48 avg rating — 18,927 ratings — published 2013 — 48 editions
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Telex from Cuba

3.51 avg rating — 4,793 ratings — published 2008 — 36 editions
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The Strange Case of Rachel K

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La sala Marte

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The Great Exception

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“People who are harder to love pose a challenge, and the challenge makes them easier to love. You're driven to love them. People who want their love easy don't really want love.”
Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers

“I was doing that thing the infatuated do, stitching destiny onto the person we want stitched to us.”
Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers

“It was not the case that one thing morphed into another, child into woman. You remained the person you were before things happened to you. The person you were when you thought a small cut string could determine the course of a year. You also became the person to whom certain things happened. Who passed into the realm where you no longer questioned the notion of being trapped in one form. You took on that form, that identity, hoped for its recognition from others, hoped someone would love it and you.”
Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers

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