K Chess is the author of short stories honored by the Nelson Algren Literary Award and the Pushcart Prize. She was a W. K. Rose Fellow, earned an MFA from Southern Illinois University, and currently teaches at GrubStreet. She lives with her wife in Providence, Rhode Island.
A beautifully written and conceived novel, and one whose message of empathy across lines of difference is much needed.
Eerie and ingenious. . . . Describes an impossible world in order to more clearly show us our own.
—Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Dreamers
—The Washington Post
—Jo Walton, Tor.com
—Dana Spiotta, author of Innocents and Others
A beautiful labyrinth of a novel—electric, formidable, and wildly moving.
—Laura van den Berg, author of I Hold a Wolf by the Ears
—A.V. Club, Best Books of the Year
Impossible to forget.
As timely and powerfully written as it is jaw-droppingly imaginative.
A story about immigration wrapped inside a post-apocalyptic fable with multiple universes that also manages to be a meditation on art, fate, trauma, and loss.
Intriguing and fresh . . . a promising new voice in speculative fiction.
Magnificent. . . . An awesome and humbling literary achievement.
—Foreword Reviews, Starred Review
—Vol. 1 Brooklyn
A gripping and thought-provoking read.
Stands among the best works of hybrid SF.
—New York Journal of Books
The novel jumps off from a fascinating premise into strange and fertile territory. K Chess constructs not just one universe, but two, and delicately entangles them to create a rich, engrossing exploration of displacement, history, memory, of the past and the present. Conceptually adventurous yet full of feeling, Famous Men Who Never Lived is a smart, thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable debut.
—Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown