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Preparation for the Next Life

(2014)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book
Skinner hitchhikes to New York, newly returned from Iraq, hoping to exorcise his demons. Zou Lei, an undocumented immigrant from Central Asia, catches a bus into the city, searching for a way to get by - or at least stay out of jail. Their unlikely love story becomes the heart of one of the most compelling and widely acclaimed novels in years.

A clear-eyed illustration of life in New York City's margins, Preparation For the Next Life evokes the unsettling realities of the American Dream for U.S. immigrants and unsupported veterans in stark, vivid detail. At once a nightmare and a love letter to New York City (a place one loves partly for its host of nightmares), Lish's prose is disciplined yet always alive and taut with danger, rendered with the voice of a new and natural talent.



Praise for this book

"Powerfully realistic, with a solemn, muscular lyricism. This is a very, very good book." - Joy Williams


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April 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: Preparation for the Next Life
Author(s): Atticus Lish
ISBN: 1-78074-777-2 / 978-1-78074-777-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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Paperback Editions

February 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Preparation for the Next Life
Author(s): Atticus Lish
ISBN: 1-78074-833-7 / 978-1-78074-833-7 (UK edition)
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November 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Preparation For The Next Life
Author(s): Atticus Lish
ISBN: 0-9913608-2-6 / 978-0-9913608-2-6 (USA edition)
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November 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Preparation for the Next Life
Author(s): Atticus Lish
ISBN: 0-9885183-3-3 / 978-0-9885183-3-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tyrant Books
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November 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Preparation for the Next Life
Author(s): Atticus Lish
ISBN: 1-5012-7726-X / 978-1-5012-7726-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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April 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Preparation for the Next Life
Author(s): Atticus Lish
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April 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Preparation for the Next Life
Author(s): Atticus Lish
Publisher: Audible Studios
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April 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Preparation for the Next Life
Author(s): Atticus Lish
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

November 2016 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Preparation For The Next Life
Author(s): Atticus Lish
Publisher: Tyrant Books
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April 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Preparation for the Next Life
Author(s): Atticus Lish
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU