Chante Reid - John Hawkes Prize in Fiction

“The Board and the Complex” features a thrilling commitment to collectivity, to the art of portraiture trained on community as a whole (instead of upon a single rugged individualist); a powerful ethical vision of right and wrong uses of political power; a sharp and keenly entertaining tragicomedy; and a sterling syntactical confidence. Rarely is an idea of what the novel can do, how ambitious it can be, how malleably it can perform, so completely understood in a first extended work. Indeed, it’s possible to liken this chapter to some of the finest first novels of the last generation without risk of overstating the case. This is work we are all lucky to bear witness to at the moment of its germination.