Our man Teju Cole’s novel “Open City,” set in post-9/11 New York City, is doing better than very well. The critics can’t stop raving about it. Now people need to buy it. A lengthy review in “The New Yorker” (reviewer James Wood writes: “Cole has made his novel as close to a diary as a novel can get, with room for reflection, autobiography, stasis, and repetition”). The review was illustrated with a full page drawing by Swiss graphic artist/designer Grafilu (above). New York Magazine’s popular “Approval Matrix” deemed it “high-brow brilliant,” The Daily Beast‘s reviewer liked it, The New York Daily News, so does Bookslut, etcetera. Cole was also interviewed by NPR, by David Ebershoff (watch the video at the link), his Random House editor. Even The New York Times is on board (“a masterly work”).

You can also keep with him at his website. (Also, get his earlier novella, published in Nigeria, “Every Day is for the Thief.” Congratulations to Mr Cole.

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