• The Readymade Thief, Augustus Rose
      Viking, 9780735221833, August 1, 2017 (Fiction)

      “Lee is a 17-year-old girl who has gotten into a bit of trouble. Not that she is innocent, or completely guilty either. She runs with the wrong crowd, steals something that is not hers, and now she is on the run with nobody to turn to. Rose takes readers into the underbelly of Philadelphia, the sections that people have abandoned, to solve the mystery Lee has fallen into, which has to do with the famous artist Duchamp. Rose melds together information and story methods with amazing skill, drawing on secret societies, hacking, art theft, conspiracies, drugs, and so much more. This plot moves; it does not slow down until it reaches the conclusion, which will have you gasping for breath. Such a brilliant journey.”

      -Jason Kennedy, Boswell Book Company (Milwaukee, WI)

      "Equal parts smart, sad, and electrifying, The Readymade Thief is a compulsively readable debut that uses a conspiracy plot to sweep across the intersection of art and science. Lee’s travels through the underbelly of Philadelphia as she tries to unravel her relationship to Marcel Duchamp’s work is riveting. Augustus Rose has written a tightly plotted, fast paced, and unapologetically intelligent page-turner that is destined for classic status."

      -Jamie Thomas, Women & Children First (Chicago, IL)

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