The National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35, 2016
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux / Macmillan)
Selected by Lauren Groff
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Greg Jackson's work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. He has been a fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and a resident at the MacDowell Colony, and he holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia.
About the book
“People are bullets, fired,” the narrator declares in one of the wild, searching stories that make up Greg Jackson's Prodigals. A filmmaker escapes New York, accompanied by a woman who may be his therapist, as a violent storm bears down. A lawyer in the throes of divorce seeks refuge at her seaside cottage only to find a vagrant girl living in it. A dilettantish banker sees his ambitions laid bare when he comes under the influence of two strange sisters. A group of friends gathers in the California desert for one last bacchanal, and a journalist finds his visit to the French country home of a former tennis star taking a deeply unnerving turn.
Strivers, misfits, and children of privilege, the restless, sympathetic characters in Jackson's astonishing debut hew to passion and perversity through life's tempests. Theirs is a quest for meaning and authenticity in lives spoiled by self-knowledge and haunted by spiritual longing. Lyrical and unflinching, cerebral and surreal, Prodigals maps the degradations of contemporary life with insight and grace, from the comedy of our foibles, to the granular dignity of experience, to the pathos of our yearning for home.
- "Serve-and-Volley, Near Vichy" in the Virginia Quarterly Review, by Greg Jackson
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About the Selecting author
Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies was a finalist in 2015 for the National Book Award for Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kirkus Award. It won the 2015 American Booksellers’ Association Indies’ Choice Award for Fiction, was a New York Times Notable book and Bestseller, Amazon.com’s #1 book of 2015, and on over two dozen best-of 2015 lists. She is the author of the novels Monsters of Templeton, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers; Delicate Edible Birds, a collection of stories; and Arcadia, a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award.