The Flamethrowers - Rachel Kushner Nominated for the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction (US). An arresting cover, a story that starts with 1970s speed records & racing, yet has a curious, but gorgeous effect of catching small moments in time… zoomed in but stretched out, each scene a clear, magnified vision seen as if you are floating, suspended, detached, as you watch things unfold at a minutely slower version of time. Kushner’s sumptuous prose shifts through speed, skiing, motorcycles, industry, art, & anarchy; inhabits various locales from the Bonneville Salt Flats to New York City to Amazonian rubber harvesting areas to Milan; visits dreamers, racers, artists, businessmen, soldiers, rioters, lovers. Beautiful & highly recommended.