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Christopher Bollen

Christopher Bollen is a writer who lives in New York City. He regularly writes about art, literature, and culture. His first novel, Lightning People, was published in 2011. His second novel, Orient, is out by Harper in May 2015. He is currently the Editor at Large at Interview Magazine

Genres: Mystery, Literary Fiction
   Lightning People (2011)
   Orient (2015)
   The Destroyers (2016)
   A Beautiful Crime (2020)
   The Lost Americans (2023)
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Speech Team (2023)
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The Gulf (2023)
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Blaze Me a Sun (2023)
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These Violent Delights (2020)
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