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The Flamethrowers

Rachel Kushner's thrilling second novel bursting with ideas and fast paced movement

By Prospect Team   July 2013

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner (Harvill Secker, £16.99)

The second novel by the American writer Rachel Kushner comes wrapped in praise from people who know what they’re talking about. “Thrilling” says Jonathan Franzen; “ambitious and serious,” says Colm Tóibín. Being told too often and too intently that you ought to like something invites a backlash. Happily, The Flamethrowers is worth the adjectives.

The novel’s narrator is Reno, a young woman who comes to New York in 1977. She soon falls in with a crowd of artists and hangers-on, including Sandro Valera,…

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