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R O Kwon

R.O. Kwon’s first novel, The Incendiaries, is forthcoming from Riverhead in July of 2018. She is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vice, Time, Noon, Electric Literature, Playboy, San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere. She has received awards and fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Omi International, and the Norman Mailer Writers' Colony. Born in South Korea, she’s mostly lived in the United States.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   The Incendiaries (2018)
   Want (2022)
Anthologies edited
   Kink (2021) (with Garth Greenwell)
R O Kwon recommends
A River of Stars (2018)
Vanessa Hua
"Vanessa Hua’s epic A River of Stars follows a pair of pregnant Chinese immigrant women—two of the more vibrant characters I’ve come across in a while—on the lam from Los Angeles to San Francisco’s Chinatown."
Trust Exercise (2019)
Susan Choi
"As soon as I finished . . . [I was] desperate to talk about the novel with anyone else who'd read it. A startling, perplexing, fascinating book by a writer I've long been--and will always be--eager to read."
How Much of These Hills Is Gold (2020)
C Pam Zhang
"How Much of These Hills is a miracle, as timely as it is timeless, propulsive but also wonderfully meditative, a ferocious, tender epic about vulnerable immigrant family trying to survive the American Gold Rush. I read it in one night and know I'll revisit it soon: I envy you your first read of this book."
All My Mother's Lovers (2020)
Ilana Masad
"Masad’s impressive novel delves into varieties of that strange magic, love, and of its expansive, life-shaping possibilities. All My Mother's Lovers is a debut of rare and vital generosity."
Life Events (2020)
Karolina Waclawiak
"Brilliant and exhilarating. Every page of Life Events shines with insight, feeling, and astonishing candor, and not a sentence rings false. I love this novel."
The Thirty Names of Night (2020)
Zeyn Joukhadar
"Zeyn Joukhadar’s new book is a vivid exploration of loss, art, queer and trans communities, and the persistence of history. Often tender, always engrossing, The Thirty Names of Night is a feat."
Hades, Argentina (2021)
Daniel Loedel
"Strange, gorgeous, and terrifying--a book for the grievers, and for those of us who wish we could turn back time to remedy past mistakes--and so, for all of us."
Outlawed (2021)
Anna North
"I'm dazzled by this feminist Western about a world in which women's worth and right to live are determined by the vagaries of fertility. Set in an alternate past, one all too similar to our today, Outlawed is terrifying, wise, tender, and thrilling. A masterpiece."
The Prophets (2021)
Robert Jones Jr
"I’ve loved the writing of Robert Jones, Jr., for years, and The Prophets is an absolute triumph, a symphonic evocation of the heights and depths of pain, joy, and love."
Infinite Country (2021)
Patricia Engel
"Infinite Country is a wonder, and Patricia Engel is a magician. Epic yet exquisitely private, a book to make you marvel."
God Spare the Girls (2021)
Kelsey McKinney
"I don't know what I was more moved by in God Spare the Girls: the depths and twists of family love, the complexities of faith, or the failures of both faith and love. A devastating and large-hearted novel."
With Teeth (2021)
Kristen Arnett
"From the very wise, very funny Kristen Arnett, With Teeth is as exhilaratingly candid as it is morally complex. Three cheers for this enthralling new book, which affirms my status as a card-carrying, rip-roaring, lifelong admirer of Arnett’s writing."

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