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Lost Empress

(2018)
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"Ambitious, affecting, intelligent, plangent, comic, kooky and impassioned. I've read a lot of novels this year, between judging the Man Booker prize and the Granta Best of Young British Novelists, and I've yearned for this kind of exuberant, precise fiction" Stuart Kelly, Guardian on A Naked Singularity

It would take something huge to put Paterson, New Jersey on the map.

But Nina Gill is determined to do just that. She is the daughter of the ageing owner of the Dallas Cowboys and the well-kept secret to their success. Shocked when her brother inherits the team, leaving her with the Paterson Pork, New Jersey's only Indoor Football League franchise, she vows to take on the N.F.L. and make her new team the pigskin kings of America.

Meanwhile, Nuno DeAngeles - a brilliant criminal mastermind - contrives to be thrown into Rikers Island prison to commit one of the most audacious crimes of all time. Now he's on the inside, he has two good reasons to get out. But how does a person of culture go about breaking out of the penal system when the whole of the land of the free is addicted to keeping him in it?

Without knowing it, or ever having met, Nina and Nuno have already had a profound effect on each other's lives. As his bid for freedom and her bid for sporting immortality reach crisis point, their stories converge in the countdown to an epic conclusion.

Thrilling, touching, insightful and shockingly hilarious, De La Pava's extraordinary novel gets under the skin and into the minds of a vast cast of characters from the fringes of society - immigrants, exiles and outsiders.

Genre: Literary Fiction    

Praise for this book

"Lost Empress is a vast galaxy of a book, a searing, frequently hilarious indictment of the absurdity of modern American life told through the lens of this country's two most violent pastimes-professional football and criminal justice. To spend time inside the unfiltered mind of a writer like Sergio de la Pava is a rare, dizzying treat." - Omar El Akkad

"De la Pava himself can seem like an avenging angel, at least for those with a certain view of what ails contemporary American literature." - Jonathan Dee

"A hilarious, smart, and madcap novel that occupies the porous border between comedy and drama, science and philosophy, story and dream, grim reality and pure imagination. A singular achievement. I've never read anything like it." - Nathan Hill

"I don't know how to do this book justice. It is so bold and so rich and so funny and so filled with pure pleasure for the reader. More than once I've had to stop and get up and walk around the room to process the sheer awesomeness. I feel like I'm in the presence of a major writer-someone of a singular intelligence that is at once alien yet comforting." - Charles Yu


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Hardback Editions

August 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Lost Empress
Author(s): Sergio De La Pava
ISBN: 0-85705-805-3 / 978-0-85705-805-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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May 2018 : Hardback
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Title: Lost Empress: A Novel
Author(s): Sergio De La Pava
ISBN: 1-5247-4722-X / 978-1-5247-4722-0
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Paperback Editions

July 2019 : UK Paperback

Title: Lost Empress
Author(s): Sergio De La Pava
ISBN: 0-85705-808-8 / 978-0-85705-808-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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April 2019 : USA Paperback

Title: Lost Empress: A Novel
Author(s): Sergio De La Pava
ISBN: 0-525-43621-9 / 978-0-525-43621-8 (USA edition)
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May 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lost Empress
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May 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Lost Empress
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May 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Lost Empress
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Publisher: Random House Audio
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Title: Lost Empress
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May 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Lost Empress: A Novel
Author(s): Sergio De La Pava
Publisher: Pantheon
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