"Like Don DeLillo in Libra and Philip Roth in American Pastoral, Christopher Sorrentino has opened the pages of his fiction to the breadth of collective memory, and the result is one of the most humane and haunting novels I've read in years," says Motherless Brooklyn author Jonathan Lethem on his friend's National Book Award-nominated novel, a vivid re-imagining of the Patty Hearst scandal.
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Brooklyn, New York
Date of Birth:
May 20, 1963
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Attended Hunter College
|2005 National Book Award Finalist|
Based on the headline-grabbing 1974 abduction of heiress Patty Hearst, Sorrentino's novel is a stirring re-imagining of the motivation of the perpetrators, the emotions of the victims, and the thoughts of the law enforcement agents who pursued the case. The National Book Award judges' citation notes, "Trance is a fever dream in which magical thinking masquerades as privileged knowledge, hateful indifference as motherly love, and a presidency effortlessly collapses into the blackest of comedy routines."
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|A Writer's Life|
|"It’s a funny life," Sorrentino reflected when we asked him to tell us about his career trajectory as a writer. "I used to keep my rejection slips on the fridge so I could look at them, but around the time I ran out of room it stopped being funny, so I put them away."|
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Sorrentino's debut novel is a smart send-up of the pop culture, politics, and rockin' tunes of the Reagan 1980s. Publishers Weekly raved, "Flawlessly executed... funny, perceptive and dead-on the satirical mark. And the American Book Review noted that "writers like Sorrentino bring us back to the pleasures of reading."
When we asked Sorrentino which author he'd like to see get some time in the spotlight, he replied, "I would choose my father, Gilbert Sorrentino, the influence of whose remarkably inventive output over the last 40 years I regularly spot in the work of others, but who at the age of 76 still wonders with each new book whether it’ll be published or not." Read our interview to find out about more of Sorrentino's favorite authors and their works, including:
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