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A Novel
Jakob Guanzon
Evicted from their trailer on New Year’s Eve, Henry and his son, Junior, have been reduced to living out of a pickup truck. Six months later, things are even more desperate. Henry, barely a year out of prison for pushing opioids, is down to his last pocketful of dollars, and little remains between him and the street. But hope is on the horizon: Today is Junior’s birthday, and Henry has a job interview tomorrow.

To celebrate, Henry treats Junior to dinner at McDonald’s, followed by a night in a real bed at a discount motel. For a moment, as Junior watches TV and Henry practices for his interview in the bathtub, all seems well. But after Henry has a disastrous altercation in the parking lot and Junior succumbs to a fever, father and son are sent into the night, struggling to hold things together and make it through tomorrow.

In an ingenious structural approach, Jakob Guanzon organizes Abundance by the amount of cash in Henry’s pocket. A new chapter starts with each debit and credit, and the novel expands and contracts, revealing the extent to which the quality of our attention is altered by the abundance—or lack thereof—that surrounds us. Set in an America of big-box stores and fast food, this incandescent debut novel trawls the fluorescent aisles of Walmart and the booths of Red Lobster to reveal the inequities and anxieties around work, debt, addiction, incarceration, and health care in America today.

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A wrenching debut about the causes and effects of poverty, as seen by a father and son living in a pickup

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Jakob Guanzon was born in New York and raised in Minnesota. He holds an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, and lives in New York City. Abundance is his first novel.
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VIRTUAL: Jakob Guanzon reading and in conversation with Mina Hamedi on ABUNDANCE, presented by POWERHOUSE Arena

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4 PM Pacific / 6 PM Central / 7 PM Eastern. This event is free and open to the public and will be broadcast on Zoom. Register here. Copies of Abundance are available for sale from POWERHOUSE Arena.

VIRTUAL: "Here's Why It Matters: Responding to Contemporary Issues in Fiction" with Belle Boggs (THE GULF), Deb Olin Unferth (BARN 8), Susan Steinberg (MACHINE), and Jakob Guanzon (ABUNDANCE), presented by the AWP Conference

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Contemporary issues beyond politics inform fiction, but how important is it for today’s writers to actively engage with these issues on the page? How can cultural engagement create meaningful, enduring fiction? From factory farming to religion in schools, and from gender relations to reimagining Liberia’s founding, these Graywolf Press authors grapple with the world around them. These four authors will read and discuss with editor Steve Woodward how contemporary issues have informed their work. Click here for more information and to register for the AWP Conference


  • “Guanzon’s debut is an unforgettable portrait of incarceration’s horrific wrath.”Booklist
  • “An impressive debut.”Kirkus Reviews
  • “Guanzon’s lyrical and respectful handling of a harsh reality is urgent and necessary, and lingers long after the sad – and sadly unsurprising – conclusion.”Soft Punk
  • “Tender, anxious, angry, and beautiful—Jakob Guanzon has given us The Road for the ongoing apocalypse of American capitalism.”—Mark Doten
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