Author is a widely acclaimed novelist, who David Foster Wallace called "an important writer in every sense"
Author's previous novels were widely reviewed by the New York Times, NPR, Newsday, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Salon
Author's previous novel A Disorder Peculiar to the Country was a finalist for the National Book Award; his other previous novel Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the basis for the HBO film Pu-239
While the book isn't dystopian fiction, its speculative fiction qualities gives the publisher the opportunity to reach more genre readers; its focus on the immigrant experience in the context of a surveillance state provides opportunities for wide coverage
Ken Kalfus: Ken Kalfus is the author of 2 A.M. in Little America. He is also the author of three other novels—Equilateral; A Disorder Peculiar to the Country, a finalist for the National Book Award; and The Commissariat of Enlightenment—and the story collections Thirst and Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies, the latter a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the basis for the HBO film Pu-239. He lives in Philadelphia.