"American Spy" By Lauren Wilkinson

Feb 12, 2021

This is an encore presentation.

Lauren Wilkinson’s debut novel, American Spy, has been named one of the best of 2019 by Esquire, Time, Vogue, and a host of other outlets. Inspired by true events, the novel follows a US intelligence officer in the tail-end of the Cold War. A brilliant but often-overlooked young black woman in the boys’ club of the FBI, Marie Mitchell’s career seems to have stalled out. But when Marie is given a dangerous and shadowy assignment, it threatens to change everything she believes about what it means to be a spy, a lover, a sister, and a good American.

 


Lauren Wilkinson’s writing has appeared in Granta, The Believer, New York magazine and The New York Times, among other publications. She was a 2013 Center for Fiction Emerging Writer’s Fellow and received her MFA in fiction and literary translation from Columbia University. American Spy is her first novel.