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Rachel Kushner

USA flag (b.1968)

Rachel Kushner is an American writer, known for her novels Telex from Cuba and The Flamethrowers. She lives in Los Angeles.One of her influences is the American novelist Don DeLillo.

Genres: Mystery
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (2008) : Telex from Cuba
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (2013) : The Flamethrowers
Rathbone Folio Prize Best Book nominee (2014) : The Flamethrowers
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2018) : The Mars Room

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