Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes
(Plume Books) and The Virgin of
T Cooper's innovative novel blends historical fiction, gender,
identity and family into a tour-de-force.
"This kooky but strangely compelling story. . . resonates long
after the book has been closed." --The N.Y. Times Book
In a recent interview in The Believer, it was noted that
Nigerian-born writer Chris Abani "was arrested and imprisoned
on suspicion of masterminding a political coup. The evidence:
his first novel, a political thriller written two years earlier, when
the novelist was just sixteen years old. Since then, Abani has
been imprisoned twice more, sentenced to death, tortured by
electric shock; he has also thwarted assassins, published two
books of poetry, written eight novels (published two) and won
numerous literary awards."
And now he credits his home in Boyle Heights with inspiring
this new novel, which follows an African and Latino mural
painter from East L.A. named Black, who is driven but
emotionally and sexually disoriented.
You'll want to be here for these two remarkable writers!