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Rachel B. Glaser | Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists

Rachel B. Glaser & Luke Neima

'If you can surprise yourself with your writing then it’s a lot more fun, and it’s a lot more interesting. That often involves creating characters you’ve never met or writing people that are not like you.’

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Yaa Gyasi | Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists

Yaa Gyasi & Luke Neima

‘Place is something I'm fascinated by and how it shapes you in ways that are really hard to see and imagine’

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Garth Risk Hallberg | Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists

Garth Risk Hallberg & Luke Neima

‘I am very interested in the question of reality on the one hand and imagination on the other, so the mirror has to be angled slightly to take in something that isn’t already there’

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Esmé Weijun Wang | Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists

Esmé Weijun Wang & Josie Mitchell

‘I really love Southern Gothic literature and so part of me was like – well, what if I could create an Immigrant Gothic?’

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Emma Cline | Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists

Emma Cline & Luke Neima

‘I really like the artificiality of fiction, even though it’s often embarrassing and clumsy to create something out of thin air’

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Greg Jackson | Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists

Greg Jackson & Luke Neima

‘A lot of writing is confronting your own failure, again and again and again’

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Anthony Marra | Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists

Anthony Marra & Josie Mitchell

‘The terrain of literature is this space where you can pose these paradoxes of personal and political ethics’

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Karan Mahajan | Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists

Karan Mahajan & Josie Mitchell

‘The through line in my work that I see is how easily we can turn people into the other’

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Jen George | Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists

Jen George & Josie Mitchell

Jen George shares her process of translating visual art into text

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Joshua Cohen | Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists

Joshua Cohen & Luke Neima

‘The fact that you exist means that you have a story that's worth telling’

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Chinelo Okparanta | Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists

Chinelo Okparanta & Luke Neima

‘As a person in the diaspora sometimes you ask yourself, well who will claim you? And then it really is up to you to claim a place for yourself.’

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Catherine Lacey | Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists

Catherine Lacey & Luke Neima

Catherine Lacey discuses voice, characterization and the minute details that bring a story to life