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Victor LaValle


Victor LaValle, born February 3, 1972, was raised in Flushing and Rosedale, Queens. He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in English and received his M.F.A. in Fiction from Columbia University. He has been a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches writing at Columbia University.

Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection 'Slapboxing with Jesus' and two novels, 'The Ecstatic' and 'Big Machine'.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Whiting Writers' Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the key to Southeast Queens.

He can be kind of hard to reach.
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (2003) : The Ecstatic
Nebula Awards Best Novella nominee (2017) : The Ballad of Black Tom

Victor LaValle recommends
The View from Stalin's Head (2004)
Aaron Hamburger
"The View from Stalin's Head is just a wonderful collection. One of the loveliest surprises is that things actually happen—there are plots in here! Funny, satisfying and genuinly engrossing, Aaron Hamburger knows how to tell a great story. This book will be good to you."
Long Division (2013)
Kiese Laymon
"Smart, exciting and energetic."
Midnight Taxi Tango (2016)
(Bone Street Rumba, book 2)
Daniel José Older
"Daniel Jose Older is here to save your soul. But he might just terrorize it first...a fabulous talent."
The Night Ocean (2017)
Paul La Farge
"A sly, witty, but still loving send-up of H.P. Lovecraft and some of the grand anxieties of the American 20th century."
Perennials (2017)
Mandy Berman
"Perennials manages to be warm and loving and still wallop you with moments of shock and pain. What an exciting debut."
The Twelve-Mile Straight (2017)
Eleanor Henderson
"This engaging, expansive novel manages to feel historical and, sadly, up to the minute as it probes the sins at the heart of the American experience. This is the kind of novel you sink into, live inside. When you’re finished it will live inside you. A bravura performance."
The Sky Is Yours (2018)
Chandler Klang Smith
"Chandler Klang Smith comes roaring out the gate with a raucous, inventive gem of a debut. Science fiction, coming of age, and adventure novel, The Sky Is Yours blends its genres brilliantly. To top it all off the book is funny as hell."

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