In this highly anticipated new novel about a young Turkish-American woman starting college at Harvard in the nineties, Elif Batuman traces the process of finding an identity in the modern world. “The Idiot is a hilariously mundane immersion into a world that has never before received the 19th Century Novel treatment,” says Miranda July. Mary Karr calls it the “best novel I’ve read in years.” Elif Batuman has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2010. Her first book, The Possessed, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her stories have been anthologized in Best American Travel Writing and Best American Essays. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and a Paris Review Terry Southern Prize for Humor. She will be joined by Michael Cunningham, author of seven novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Hours and most recently The Snow Queen.