Brian Platzer
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BED-STUY IS BURNING: A NOVEL
Coming July 11th, 2017

"Platzer’s take on race, religion, class, and politics—all the subjects you’re not supposed to discuss—is sure to get people talking."

- Vanity Fair

"Brian Platzer's first novel captures a violent day in the uneasy life of a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood where the fragility of love, parenthood, class and race is put to the test. A bad day in Bed-Stuy is a vivid microcosm of the United States, but the hope Platzer suggests with his characters' healthy unmasking offers optimism for the whole country's days ahead."

- Shelf Awareness

"Heart pounding and relentless… Bed-Stuy is Burning offers a suspenseful, well written, and empathetic story filled with wit, wisdom, and hard truths…The impact of this debut novel is unsettling. While the characters endure darkness, grief, and challenges, there are many unresolved issues and no easy answers. Bed-Stuy is Burning is an engaging, timely, and provocative read."

- Jewish Book Council

"The city is burning indeed in New Yorker contributor Platzer's debut novel, sometimes with fire and sometimes with much-compounded shame... Expertly paced, eminently readable, and a promising start."

- Kirkus Reviews

"Platzer, a writer and educator who lives in Bed-Stuy, is aiming high here, addressing race-related violence, the Black Lives Matter movement, gentrification, and other volatile topics. He succeeds in presenting multiple perspectives of dramatic yet familiar situations."

- Booklist

"Brian Platzer's first novel is a savvy, heartfelt and utterly engaging examination of gentrification, love, race, ambition, money, parenthood and even faith. A Bonfire of the Vanities for millennials, it is a marvelous, and daring, debut."

- Alice McDermott, National Book Award winning author of Charming Billy

"Brian Platzer has written a thrilling debut novel about marriage, gentrification, parenthood, race, and the dangerous bargains we make with ourselves. At once a heart-stopping portrayal of a day of violence and a deeply realized portrait of the five people at its center, Bed-Stuy is Burning marks the arrival of a tremendously accomplished young writer. I can’t wait to see what he does next."

- Ann Packer, New York Times best-selling author

"Thirty years ago Tom Wolfe tackled New York excess with The Bonfire of the Vanities, and now Brian Platzer strikes his own match with Bed-Stuy Is Burning, the results just as timely and bright. Instead of Manhattan in the Eighties, Platzer turns his sharp eye onto present day Brooklyn: the simmering tensions of race and privilege, of cultural appropriation and identity politics, and of course real estate. The story gives voice to multiple characters in search of their American home – even police commissioner William Bratton has a supporting role – and Platzer has the confident novelistic chops to find the beating heart of humanity in everyone's struggle and striving. Bed-Stuy Is Burning is a wonderful debut. I look forward to whatever Brian Platzer might light up next."

- David Gilbert, author of & Sons

“In Bed-Stuy is Burning, Brian Platzer’s funny, socially acute intelligence combines with his empathetic heart to reveal how faith, violence and real estate speculation shape contemporary life. It is the debut of a fully mature literary voice that has the mordant wit of Franzen, the dazzling smarts of Roth, and the compassion of Tolstoy.”

- Rafael Yglesias, author of A Happy Marriage

"Platzer captures an impressive amount of New York’s enormous complexity in his panoramic sweep, offering trenchant insights into contemporary issues while keeping the reader’s heart pounding. Bed-Stuy Is Burning shines a brilliant light on the biases implicit in the word 'gentrification.' This deeply moral book avoids easy answers in favor of that rich ambiguity that marks all great fiction."

- Matthew Thomas, New York Times-bestselling author of We Are Not Ourselves