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Christopher Coake

USA flag (b.1971)

Christopher Coake is the author of  You Came Back as well as the collection of short stories We're in Trouble, which won the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship. In addition, Coake was listed among “Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists” in 2007. His stories have been published in several literary journals, and anthologized in BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2004 and THE BEST AMERICAN NOIR OF THE CENTURY. A native Hoosier, he received his M.F.A. in fiction from Ohio State University. He and his wife Stephanie Lauer live in Reno, where Coake is a professor of English at the University of Nevada.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Christopher Coake recommends
Heavy Metal (2017)
Andrew Bourelle
"Heavy Metal is a brilliant debut novel, at once an incisive, complex character study of damaged youth and a ferociously exciting page-turner. Andrew Bourelle knows that suspense is created not only by a loaded gun, but by the fears of the person holding it. He's written one of the best novels I've read in a long time."
The Last Place You Look (2017)
(Roxane Weary, book 1)
Kristen Lepionka
"The Last Place You Look is a beautifully written mystery, one I devoured in a single sitting, late into the night."
Lake Life (2020)
David James Poissant
"Lake Life is a terrific story, one that, over the course of a long weekend shadowed by random tragedy, delves into a family’s messy history, and finds there not only pain, but—thrillingly—stubborn survival, hope, and love. The Starling family will be with me a long time. I’m grateful for this book."

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