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The Municipalists

(2019)
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A novel about an unlikely pair of lonely outsiders - one human, one AI - on an adventure to save the great American city of Metropolis written by "one of the most exciting new voices in fiction" (Charles Yu).

Named one of the best books of the month by Library Journal ("Debut of the Month"), The Verge, io9, Amazon Books, Book of the Month Club, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, NYLON, and Tor.com

In Metropolis, the gleaming city of tomorrow, the dream of the great American city has been achieved. But all that is about to change, unless a neurotic, rule-following bureaucrat and an irreverent, freewheeling artificial intelligence can save the city from a mysterious terrorist plot that threatens its very existence.

Henry Thompson has dedicated his life to improving America's infrastructure as a proud employee of the United States Municipal Survey. So when the agency comes under attack, he dutifully accepts his unexpected mission to visit Metropolis looking for answers. But his plans to investigate quietly, quickly, and carefully are interrupted by his new partner: a day-drinking know-it-all named OWEN, who also turns out to be the projected embodiment of the agency's supercomputer.

Soon, Henry and OWEN are fighting to save not only their own lives and those of the city's millions of inhabitants, but also the soul of Metropolis. The Municipalists is a thrilling, funny, and touching adventure story, a tour de force of imagination that trenchantly explores our relationships to the cities around us and the technologies guiding us into the future.

"A new and irreverent take on both real-world politics and sci-fi history." (The Wall Street Journal)

Genre: Thriller

Praise for this book

"An important new young writer." - Dan Chaon

"A thinking person's comic thriller, The Municipalists is a joy ride and a meditation both. Seth Fried is the consummate urban planner of a novelist, providing us with exciting thoroughfares of action as well as quiet gardens of feeling. And the story stars, among other characters, a drunk and vain (but ultimately loveable) computer. What else could a fiction dweller ask for? A wonderful debut novel." - Sam Lipsyte

"[Seth Fried] will make your heart stop and your jaw drop. You will suffer from bouts of thoughtful silence and seizures of hilarity and may even soil yourself with pleasure. Consider yourself warned." - Benjamin Percy

"Seth Fried is a pure delight to read." - Karen Russell

"Seth Fried is the future of fiction." - Hannah Tinti

"The longer you bask in the glow of Seth Fried's wondrous novel, big concepts like Technology and Work and Friendship begin to take on a curious shape, turn into something so unique that you wonder how one writer has so much imagination, so much insight, so much fun with the world they've created. The Municipalists is the work of a hilarious and empathetic talent." - Kevin Wilson

"The Municipalists is full of subcultures and obsessions, a novel full of people who care deeply about the details, written by someone who understands that the details are what matter. Smart, engaging, poignant and funny (not just book funny--actually funny). Fried is one of the most exciting new voices in fiction, and his debut novel showcases his many talents." - Charles Yu


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Hardback Editions

2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Municipalists
Author(s): Seth Fried
ISBN: 1-64385-260-4 / 978-1-64385-260-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Paperback Editions

March 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Municipalists
Author(s): Seth Fried
ISBN: 0-14-313373-X / 978-0-14-313373-5 (UK edition)
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March 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Municipalists: A Novel
Author(s): Seth Fried
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March 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Municipalists: A Novel
Author(s): Seth Fried
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March 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Municipalists: A Novel
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March 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Municipalists: A Novel
Author(s): Seth Fried
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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March 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Municipalists: A Novel
Author(s): Seth Fried
Publisher: Penguin Books
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