Atticus Lish

Atticus Lish is an American author known for his novel 'Preparation for the Next Life,' which won the 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He is the son of influential editor Gordon Lish.


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  1. 1. Preparation for the Next Life

    This novel tells the story of a U.S. Army veteran suffering from PTSD and a Chinese Muslim immigrant, both struggling to survive in the harsh realities of New York City. Their lives intersect and they form a relationship, trying to make sense of their past traumas, navigate the complexities of their present, and find hope for a better future. The book provides an intense, gritty portrayal of life on the fringes of society, highlighting issues of immigration, class, and the human cost of war.

    The 8230th Greatest Book of All Time