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Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus and two novels, The Ecstatic and Big Machine. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Whiting Writers' Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the key to Southeast Queens. He was raised in Queens, New York. He can be kind of hard to reach.

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'Like his spiritual forebears, Chester Himes and Nelson Algren, he speaks for the unsung so we can hear their voice. Listen.' - Cathi Unsworth, The Guardian 'Religion and money are the two great American themes, and in Big Machine LaValle brings them together by creating a world where faith cannot pay its bills and greed is the only force in which anyone can reliably believe.' - Laurence Scott, Times Literary Supplement 'A rich, textured story structured like a crime thriller and told in vivid but unshowy prose. Thematically meaty...recommended.' - SFX 'spectacular...sprawling, fantastical' - Elizabeth Hand, Washington Post 'unruly and entertaining...a monumental dream work' - Ed Park, Los Angeles Times 'a transcendent and provocative book that is wildly original and completely absorbing' - Katherine Tomlinson, California Literary Review 'LaValle employs a sly wit and deadpan humor - Draw[s] comparisons to the work of Ralph Ellison and Thomas Pynchon' - Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, The Wall Street Journal

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