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Indiespensable, Volume 48: The Great Glass Sea

The Great Glass Sea

by Josh Weil

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We've had our eye on Josh Weil ever since his first book, The New Valley, came out in 2009. The collection of three linked novellas won the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and earned him a spot on the National Book Foundation's esteemed "5 Under 35" list of upcoming young authors. So we had high expectations when his new novel found its way into our hands. The Great Glass Sea lived up to — and surpassed — those accolades with its inventiveness, originality, and incredible story. Yarik and Dima are twin brothers living in an alternate and dystopian version of Russia. Inseparable as children, their adult lives begin to divide along lines of power, ideology, and fortune. Drawing strong influence from Russian folktales, The Great Glass Sea is a gorgeously written, intricately detailed look at how community, individuality, and love evolve in one imagined future. We are happy to be working again with Grove Atlantic, one of the country's premier independent presses, to present this excellent work as part of Indiespensable #48.

A genuinely fascinating novel — for its inventiveness, its passionate breadth and vision." – Richard Ford
Josh Weil writes away from all the official channels, and yet he writes about exactly where we are now. His vision is sustained by proper instinct and intelligent observation. He is certainly among the most gifted writers of his generation." – Colum McCann
A marvelously strange parable, brought to earth by a nuanced and deeply felt portrait of fraternal love. If The New Valley didn't convince you, The Great Glass Sea will: Josh Weil is a storyteller of the first order." – Joshua Ferris


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