by Robinson & Kovite
April 15, 2018 | 6x9 Hardcover | 366 pages | 978-0-9994774-0-3
Foreward INDIES Book of the Year Finalist, 2018.
Comically absurd and painfully real, DELIVER US is a prescient and provocative literary novel that moves swiftly through near-future Detroit as a black social-media activist leads a campaign against Amazon, whose new fleet of delivery drones offers rebirth to the blighted city while threatening to magnify existing racial inequalities.
That's the question DELIVER US swirls around in an absurd and highstakes marketing battle for the soul of Detroit. One one side, Piper Prince and her guerrilla army composed of an aging graffiti legend, an androgynous local rapper, a white urban farmer, a hipster stand-up comic, and a teenage hacker. On the other, Amazon, Jeff Bezos, and his Detroit team, led by rising star Annika Dahl, Amazon's head of PR for Detroit, and Jamal Dent, a native Detroiter and former Air Force drone pilot returning to his home city at the head of Prime Air.
And in this midst of this chaos, several awkward romances! Black and white, hipster and hood, Seattle and Detroit. Love blooms between arson, robbery, Krav Maga, and hip-hop. It struggles to thrive under a sky filled with ever-growing thickets of drones—drones with packages, drones with pizzas, drones with googly eyes delivering watermelons to church barbecues. With a wild style and a serious soul, this charming and challenging novel disentangles our historical inequalities and explores the pitfalls and opportunities of the future.
Christopher Robinson is a Boston University and Hunter College MFA graduate, a MacDowell Colony fellow, and a Yale Younger Poets Prize finalist. His writing has appeared in many publications, including The Kenyon Review and McSweeney’s. Gavin Kovite was an infantry platoon leader in Baghdad from 2004-2005. He attended NYU Law, served as an Army lawyer, and is now a high school teacher. His writing has appeared in literary magazines and in Fire and Forget, an anthology of war fiction. Together, Robinson & Kovite have authored one previous novel, War of the Encylopaedists (Scribner, 2015).
"Deliver Us is a wild, funny, ridiculous and yet deeply serious novel that imagines a near future in which class, commerce, race, technology, and our ever evolving social politics intersect, and explode. Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite are always inventive, always captivating, and always deeply attuned to the strangeness and the beauty of our often dysfunctional culture."
— Phil Klay, National Book Award Winner, author of Redeployment
More Praise for Robinson & Kovite
"A captivating coming-of-age novel that is, by turns, funny, and sad, and elegiac."
— The New York Times
"Darkly funny and absurd and terrifying at the same time."
-- The Wall Street Journal
"A gripping, thoughtful read...moving and memorable."
-- Publisher's Weekly
"Enormous energy, wit and verve."
-- The Sunday Times
"Only a poet and a solider—like these collaborating authors—are mad enough or ambitious enough to conceive of this smart, wise and wise-assed novel. This book has sweep and heart and humor."
— Mary Karr, author of The Liars' Club, Lit, The Art of Memoir, and Tropic of Squalor