Ben Fountain


Ben Fountain is an attorney turned award-winning essayist and author. Devil Makes Three is his brilliant and propulsive new novel about greed, power, geopolitical intrigue, and American complicity in Haiti as a violent coup d’état led to the fall of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. One of the year’s most anticipated books and a New York Times Editor’s Choice, the Times calls it “an engrossing, psychologically complex and politically astute novel,” and The Washington Post calls it “a big, deeply humane political thriller that proves the flame of Graham Greene and John le Carré is still burning.” Fountain’s debut novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. In 2016, his essays on the U.S. presidential election published in The Guardian were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary. He followed up with Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution, a sweeping work of reportage that recounts a surreal year of politics and an exploration of the third American existential crisis (the first two being the Civil War and the Great Depression). Fountain’s story collection Brief Encounters with Che Guevara includes two stories that won Pushcart Prizes, a third that won an O. Henry Prize, and the book itself won a PEN/Hemingway award. Fountain speaks fluent French and Haitian Creole, and his reportage on post-earthquake Haiti was nationally broadcast on the radio show This American Life. “There may be no writer alive today who better captures the manic, fevered, paranoid style in 21st-century America than Ben Fountain,” says Rolling Stone.