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John Freeman, former editor of Granta, is known for having some of the best literary taste in America, and Freeman’s, his new biannual anthology, only reaffirms his dedication to publishing the greatest contemporary writers, and debuting the “next big things.” I read a handful of literary magazines, and Freeman’s is my new favorite. The talent of the writers is already overwhelming (just look at the last names on the front cover), but the pleasure comes also from the placement of the pieces, which, like an arrangement of flowers, enhances the parts that make up the whole.
— From Lillian
We live today in constant motion, traveling distances rapidly, small ones daily, arriving in new states. In this inaugural edition of Freeman's
, a new biannual of unpublished writing, former Granta
editor and NBCC president John Freeman brings together the best new fiction, nonfiction, and poetry about that electrifying moment when we arrive.
Strange encounters abound. David Mitchell meets a ghost in Hiroshima Prefecture; Lydia Davis recounts her travels in the exotic territory of the Norwegian language; and in a Dave Eggers story, an elderly gentleman cannot remember why he brought a fork to a wedding. End points often turn out to be new beginnings. Louise Erdrich visits a Native American cemetery that celebrates the next journey, and in a Haruki Murakami story, an aging actor arrives back in his true self after performing a role, discovering he has changed, becoming a new person.
Featuring startling new fiction by Laura van den Berg, Helen Simpson, and Tahmima Anam, as well as stirring essays by Aleksandar Hemon, Barry Lopez, and Garnette Cadogan, who relearned how to walk while being black upon arriving in NYC, Freeman's
announces the arrival of an essential map to the best new writing in the world.