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The Resisters

(2020)
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"The Resisters is palpably loving, smart, funny, and desperately unsettling. The novel should be required reading for the country both as a cautionary tale and because it is a stone-cold masterpiece. This is Gish Jen's moment. She has pitched a perfect game." --Ann Patchett

The time: not so long from now. The place: AutoAmerica. The land: half under water. The Internet: one part artificial intelligence, one part surveillance technology, and oddly human--even funny. The people: Divided. The angel-fair "Netted" have jobs, and literally occupy the high ground. The "Surplus" live on swampland if they're lucky, on water if they're not.

The story: To a Surplus couple--he once a professor, she still a lawyer--is born a Blasian girl with a golden arm. At two, Gwen is hurling her stuffed animals from the crib; by ten, she can hit whatever target she likes. Her teens find her happily playing in an underground baseball league.

When AutoAmerica rejoins the Olympics, though--with a special eye on beating ChinRussia--Gwen attracts interest. Soon she finds herself playing ball with the Netted even as her mother challenges the very foundations of this divided society.

A moving and important story of an America that seems ever more possible, The Resisters is also the story of one family struggling to maintain its humanity and normalcy in circumstances that threaten their every value--as well as their very existence.

Extraordinary and ordinary, charming and electrifying, this is Gish Jen at her most irresistible.

Genre: Science Fiction


Praise for this book

"Inventive, funny, and tender, The Resisters is about family, baseball, and the future—but more than anything, it is about freedom, and it is about us—here, now." - Allegra Goodman

"An absolute joy . . . I finished The Resisters with a tear in my eye and a smile on my face. Who could ask for a better combo? Gish Jen has written a one-of-a-kind book with great characters—especially Eleanor, who is the heart of the story—and a warm heart. Remind Ms. Jen that the great Ernie Banks said, ‘Hey, guys, let’s play two!’ Which is my way of saying I wouldn’t mind a sequel. Probably won’t happen, but a guy can hope. P.S. This lady knows her baseball." - Stephen King

"Brilliant . . . A heartbreaking novel with the sensitivity, emotional range, and prophetic power of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid’s Tale." - Jean Kwok

"The Resisters is palpably loving, smart, funny, and desperately unsettling. The novel should be required reading for the country both as a cautionary tale and because it is a stone-cold masterpiece. This is Gish Jen's moment. She has pitched a perfect game." - Ann Patchett

"Can there be a dystopian novel of lightness, delicacy and charm? In which baseball, our subtle, determined summer game, is the means of resistance against the dehumanizing overlords? In which a girl who pitches like Satchel Paige is the blue-haired hero? Gish Jen says, Yes! And she is right! Where there is baseball, there is hope. And beautiful prose, too." - Cathleen Schine


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Hardback Editions

June 2020 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Resisters
Author(s): Gish Jen
ISBN: 1-4328-7996-0 / 978-1-4328-7996-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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February 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Resisters: A novel
Author(s): Gish Jen
ISBN: 0-525-65721-5 / 978-0-525-65721-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Audio Editions

February 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Resisters
Author(s): Gish Jen
Publisher: Random House Audio
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February 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Resisters
Author(s): Gish Jen
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

February 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Resisters: A novel
Author(s): Gish Jen
Publisher: Knopf
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