Adjei-Brenyah picks and pulls at the darkest threads of the American carceral state to weave a picture of what could happen if the private prison industry was taken to an all-too-believable extreme. Each of the inventions of the world of "Chain-Gang All-Stars" I thought was too wild to be true could be easily traced back to the prison landscape of today... how is it that this reality feels worse than dystopian fiction? The story is tender, visceral, unsettling, and DEFINITELY unforgettable.— Ning
NANA KWAME ADJEI-BRENYAH is the New York Times-bestselling author of Friday Black. Originally from Spring Valley, New York, he graduated from SUNY Albany and went on to receive his MFA from Syracuse University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming from numerous publications, including the New York Times Book Review, Esquire, Literary Hub, the Paris Review, Guernica, and Longreads. He was selected by Colson Whitehead as one of the National Book Foundation's “5 Under 35” honorees, is the winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for Best First Book and the Aspen Words Literary Prize.