Sterling Karat Gold
- Winner of the 2021 Goldsmiths Prize
Finalist for the 2022 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction
Finalist for the 2022 Republic of Consciousness Prize
Sterling Karat Gold, in the words of Kamila Shamsie, is “a madly brilliant and deeply sane novel that reveals surrealism as possibly the most effective way of talking about the political moment we find ourselves in.” In it, Isabel Waidner concocts a world replete with bullfighters, high fashion, DIY theater, the Beach Boys, and time-traveling spaceships. The acclaimed winner of the 2021 Goldsmiths Prize for fiction that breaks the mold and extends the possibilities of the form, this novel explores the phantasmagoric nature of contemporary life, especially for nonbinary migrants, and daringly revises how solidarity and justice might be sought and won. Sterling Karat Gold couldn’t be a better North American introduction to a writer with an irresistible style and unforgettable vision.
VIRTUAL: Isabel Waidner reading and in conversation with Maxe Crandall about STERLING KARAT GOLD, presented by City Lights Bookstore
12:00 PM PT / 1:00 PM MT / 2:00 PM CT / 3:00 PM ET. This event is free and open to the public, and will be broadcast live on Zoom. Click here for more information and to register for the event. Copies of STERLING KARAT GOLD are available for purchase at the City Lights Bookstore's online store.
“This novel is part Franz Kafka, part Hieronymus Bosch, and part Monty Python, but mostly it’s completely sui generis. And it succeeds on every level a novel can. Dizzying, unsettling, and extremely smart.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
- “[Waidner's] explosive sensibility and style are as far removed from mediocre prose and middle-class manners as you can imagine. This alone is reason to read them.”—Bernardine Evaristo, TheNew York Times
- “Waidner’s refreshingly absurdist third novel . . . is a topsy-turvy journey across Camden Town from the point of view of a nonbinary migrant, a Kafkaesque adventure that encompasses bullfighters, footballers, time-traveling spaceships, and a high-drama trial.”—Michelle Hart, Electric Literature's “Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Books of Spring 2023”
- “A dizzying blend of ordinary and strange—[Sterling Karat Gold is] full of time travel, spaceships, and the everyday dilemmas of contemporary life.”—Laura Sackton, Book Riot