My novel Understudies comes out today. I love this book dearly, and I hope you’ll consider checking it out. It’s available for purchase through most retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Outpost19 (free shipping!), Powell’s, Kobo, IndieBound.
"Funny, moving, perceptive, artful—these are the first words that came to mind when I tried to describe Understudies to a friend. And then, to better capture its spirit, I began reading it aloud and marveled all over again at Ravi Mangla’s ability to tell us, with precision and wit, what deserves to be known.” (Joanna Scott)
"Ravi Mangla’s delightingly tight, micro-chaptered Understudies is an unassumingly beautiful and moving debut. It’s elegantly and hilariously precise about everything it touches, and it touches almost everything human.” (Gary Lutz)
"Ravi Mangla’s Understudies is a brilliant meditation on the private cost of celebrity, the longing to transcend the ordinary, and the seductive nature of performance. Darkly funny, sharply-observed, and terrifically moving, Understudies is an essential debut.” (Laura van den Berg)
"With the absurdist realism of A.M. Homes and the perverse randomness of Miranda July, Ravi Mangla’s Understudies asks ‘is the unacknowledged life worth living,’ and—in a prose as original as the novel itself—answers, definitively, yes.” (Courtney Maum)
(Thanks to Brad Beatson for designing this unbelievably awesome poster!)