Sri Lankan American novelist Ryan Chapman has a Sri Lankan inmate of a U.S. prison as the central character of his spirited debut novel, Riots I Have Known (Simon & Schuster). “With Riots I Have Known, Ryan Chapman has delivered a keen satire of America’s criminal justice crisis. The novel is remarkable for many things, not the least of which are its wit, humor, and masterful language. I was impressed again and again, and I wager so too will readers with working hearts and brains.”—Mitchell S. Jackson.
“Chapman’s Riots I Have Known joins Kushner’s Mars Room on the short list of truly remarkable American prison novels. Chapman’s debut is literally riotous: an improbably beguiling, utterly ribald provocation, something like Lenny Bruce’s 'Father Flotsky’s Triumph' as retold by Dostoyevsky’s Underground Man."—Jonathan Lethem.