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‘Riots I Have Known’: Featured Fiction from Ryan Chapman

In today’s featured fiction, we present an excerpt from Ryan Chapman’s novel Riots I Have Known, out today from Simon & Schuster.

Publishers Weekly called the book—which features an unnamed narrator attempting to put into words his philosophy and history during a prison riot—”supremely mischievous and sublimely written.” And our own Nick Moran wrote, in our First Half Preview, that “Chapman’s satirical jab packs a full-fledged punch.”

Riots I Have Known

Lopez, right before they stabbed him in the yard—this was maybe last winter or the winter previous—you know what he said? He said: “Time makes fools of us all.” To say it at the end—he knew it was

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