open city

Listen to Teju on NPR’s Weekend Edition on Saturday, February 12th and look for upcoming reviews in the New Yorker and the New York Times Book Review.


By Teju Cole

HC ISBN 978-1-4000-6809-8

Ebook ISBN: 978-0-679-60449-5

Random House

The best debut of 2011. . . .the most thoughtful and provocative debut I’ve read in a long time.” –Taylor Antrim, the Daily Beast

“One of the most hotly anticipated debut novels of the year.” — Time Out New York

“[A] quietly powerful debut.” – O, The Oprah Magazine

“Nothing escapes Julius, the narrator of Teju Cole’s excellent debut novel… [an] intelligent, finely observed portrait.” – GQ

“A beautiful portrait of a man who, like us all, tries to find where he fits in.” —Men’s Health

“Open City offers a Netherland-esque portrait of a newly single Nigerian émigré set adrift in New York.” – Vogue 

“[Cole] has an enviable ability to take a subject, say, the city of New York, and turn it inside out and upside down, shake it out, and examine the contents, then pack it up again.” — Bookslut

“A rich read…In another novel the city would serve as a mere setting. Cole, though, all but foists it on us in case we might be tempted to narrow our view or even look away.” – NY Daily News

“Masterful.”—Kirkus (starred review)

“Intelligent and panoramic…engaged with the world in a rare and refreshing way.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)


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