Seth Fried is the author of the acclaimed short story collection The Great Frustration. He is a recurring contributor to The New Yorker's Shouts and Murmurs and NPR's Selected Shorts, and his stories have appeared in Tin House, One Story, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Kenyon Review, Vice, and elsewhere. He is also the winner of two Pushcart Prizes and the William Peden Prize.
Even if you've never spent one day in a city, but are just someone who wants to laugh and marvel at Fried's imagination and wit, this book is also for you. Really, it's for everyone. --NYLON A novel full of people who care deeply about the details, written by someone who understands that the details are what matter. Smart, engaging, poignant and funny (not just book funny--actually funny). Fried is one of the most exciting new voices in fiction, and his debut novel showcases his many talents. --Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe The longer you bask in the glow of Seth Fried's wondrous novel, big concepts like Technology and Work and Friendship begin to take on a curious shape, turn into something so unique that you wonder how one writer has so much imagination, so much insight, so much fun with the world they've created. The Municipalists is the work of a hilarious and empathetic talent. --Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang A thinking person's comic thriller, The Municipalists is a joy ride and a meditation both. Seth Fried is the consummate urban planner of a novelist, providing us with exciting thoroughfares of action as well as quiet gardens of feeling. And the story stars, among other characters, a drunk and vain (but ultimately loveable) computer. What else could a fiction dweller ask for? A wonderful debut novel. -- Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask Seth Fried is the future of fiction. --Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief Seth Fried is a pure delight to read. --Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia! An important new young writer. --Dan Chaon, author of Await Your Reply [Seth Fried] will make your heart stop and your jaw drop. You will suffer from bouts of thoughtful silence and seizures of hilarity and may even soil yourself with pleasure. Consider yourself warned. --Ben Percy, author Red Moon [Fried] somehow manages to transport Conrad's Heart of Darkness to a futuristic mega-city. . . a fun read. --Kirkus Reviews