Adam Levin

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For the American businessman, see Adam K. Levin. For others of a similar name, see Adam Levine (disambiguation).

Adam Levin (b. 1976/77[1]) is an American fiction author. His short fiction has been published in places like Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern and Tin House. Currently, he resides in Chicago, where he teaches Creative Writing and Literature at the School of the Art Institute. His first novel, The Instructions, was published in 2010 by McSweeney's.

The Instructions[edit]

Levin's first novel, The Instructions, gained a great deal of early buzz after being selected by Powell's Indispensable Book Club[2] and The Rumpus Book Club.[3]

Early reviews have drawn comparisons between David Foster Wallace and Philip Roth with Levin.[4] Many reviewers praise the dark humor, the depth of the setting, and the commentary on Jewish identity.[5] Some reviewers criticize the book's length; others praise it.[6][7][8][9][10]

The Instructions was translated in France (Inculte) in 2011 and praised as one of the main new discoveries in foreign literature.

Hot Pink[edit]

Levin's latest book, Hot Pink,[11] is a collection of short stories released in 2012.


  1. ^ Borrelli, Christopher (October 26, 2010). "Thinking big: Adam Levin's 1,000-page debut novel 'The Instructions' is bold, fast, funny and ambitious — not unlike its author". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ [1]. Retrieved January 2, 2011
  3. ^ [2].The Rumpus. Retrieved January 2, 2011
  4. ^ Newton, Maud. [3]. [Barnes and Noble], October 29, 2010.
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  6. ^ Abigail Deutsch. [4]. "San Francisco Chronicle," November 14, 2010.
  7. ^ Michael H. Miller. [5]. "New York Observer," October 26, 2010.
  8. ^ Lowman, Stephen. [6]. Washington Post, December 29, 2010. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
  9. ^ Cohen, Joshua. [7]. The New York Times, November 5, 2010. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
  10. ^ Kamer, Foster. [8]. "Village Voice," October 20, 2010.
  11. ^ McSweeneys, accessed 1/10/13