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"American Spy" By Lauren Wilkinson


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.