Rachel Kushner's new novel, The Flamethrowers, was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, the 2014 Folio Prize, the James Tait Black Prize, and was longlisted for the Bailey's Prize. It was chosen as one of the five best novels of the Year by the New York Times, and was on almost every Best Book list of 2013. Her debut novel, Telex from Cuba, was also a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the California Book Award, and a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book. Kushner's fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Paris Review, the Believer, Artforum, and Bookforum. She is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow and lives in Los Angeles.