The Municipalists

The Municipalists is full of subcultures and obsessions, a novel full of people who care deeply about the details, written by someone who understands that the details are what matter. Smart, engaging, poignant and funny (not just book funny—actually funny). Fried is one of the most exciting new voices in fiction, and his debut novel showcases his many talents.”

—CHARLES YU, AUTHOR OF HOW TO LIVE SAFELY IN A SCIENCE FICTIONAL UNIVERSE

"A new and irreverent take on both real-world politics and sci-fi history."

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

“The longer you bask in the glow of Seth Fried’s wondrous novel, big concepts like Technology and Work and Friendship begin to take on a curious shape, turn into something so unique that you wonder how one writer has so much imagination, so much insight, so much fun with the world they’ve created. The Municipalists is the work of a hilarious and empathetic talent.”

—KEVIN WILSON, AUTHOR OF THE FAMILY FANG

“A thinking person’s comic thriller, The Municipalists is a joy ride and a meditation both. Seth Fried is the consummate urban planner of a novelist, providing us with exciting thoroughfares of action as well as quiet gardens of feeling. And the story stars, among other characters, a drunk and vain (but ultimately loveable) computer. What else could a fiction dweller ask for? A wonderful debut novel.”

 —SAM LIPSYTE, AUTHOR OF THE ASK

“If you’re a fan of Jane Jacobs, but can’t help but hiss and boo whenever Robert Moses’ name is mentioned, this is a must-read. Then again, even if you’ve never spent one day in a city, but are just someone who wants to laugh and marvel at Fried’s imagination and wit, this book is also for you. Really, it’s for everyone.”

 —NYLON

 

The Great Frustration

“Seth Fried is a pure delight to read—his stories are like parables from some alternate sci-fi Bible, funny and wise and generous, deeply strange and even more deeply familiar.”

—KAREN RUSSELL, AUTHOR OF SWAMPLANDIA!

“Certainly one of the most original and startling short story collections of the year. In most cases, Fried sets the tone from the get-go: “Last year, the people in charge of the picnic blew us up,” (from “Frost Mountain Picnic Massacre); “To begin with, I am a man,” (from “Life in the Harem”). Fried’s settings travel the globe and leap across timelines (including mythical ones, like the garden of Eden in the title story) with such dazzling skill that the reader simply surrenders to these highly-entertaining and thought-provoking stories.”

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE, “SMALL PRESS HIGHLIGHTS OF 2011”

“Seth Fried’s stories are laugh-out-loud hilarious and wonderfully weird, yet his many strange worlds also have the power to haunt, echoing the sorrows and yearnings of ordinary life in the way dreams can.”

—DAN CHAON, AUTHOR OF AWAIT YOUR REPLY

“He’s channeling Saunders by way of Barthelme and Kafka, but also clearing a whole new territory of his own. Listen up and open this book: Seth Fried is the future of fiction.”

—HANNAH TINTI, AUTHOR OF THE GOOD THIEF

“Even if you wanted to stop reading, you couldn’t: his sentences drive you forward with a relentless rhythm, breaking your heart, then reassembling it, then breaking it again, and you don’t even mind, because he’s also making you laugh out loud.”

—CHARLES YU, AUTHOR OF HOW TO LIVE SAFELY IN A SCIENCE FICTIONAL UNIVERSE