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Rafael Frumkin

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Rafael Frumkin is the author of THE COMEDOWN (2018), CONFIDENCE (2023) and BUGSY (2024). His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Granta, Guernica, Hazlitt, Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Paris Review Daily, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading, among others. He is a professor of creative writing at Southern Illinois University.

Genres: Literary Fiction
New and upcoming books
February 2024

Bugsy & Other Stories
   Confidence (2023)
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