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 InstructionsEdit

Levin's first novel, The Instructions, was selected by Powell's Indispensable Book Club[2] and The Rumpus Book Club.[3]

Some reviews drew comparisons with David Foster Wallace and Philip Roth.[4] Some reviewers praised the dark humor, the depth of the setting, and the commentary on Jewish identity.[5] Some reviewers criticized the book's length (more than 1000 pages), while others praised it.[6][7][8][9][10]

The Instructions was translated into French (Inculte) and published in France in 2011.

Hot PinkEdit

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


Levin's second novel, Bubblegum, was released on April 14, 2020.[12][needs update]

Mount ChicagoEdit

Mount Chicago, ‎ Doubleday (August 9, 2022), 592 pages, ISBN 978-0385548243


  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. ^ Hustvedt, Siri. "Powell's Books Blog". Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  3. ^ "The Rumpus Book Club Interviews Adam Levin". The 24 November 2010. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  4. ^ Levin, Adam (2010-10-29). "The Instructions". Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  5. ^ "[Interview] Adam Levin - Boys Will Be Boys - Standards and More". 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  6. ^ Abigail Deutsch (2010-11-14). "'The Instructions,' by Adam Levin - SFGate". Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  7. ^ Michael H. Miller. "A Very Long History of Very Brief Violence: Adam Levin's Brutal Comedy of Manners | the New York Observer". The New York Observer. Archived from the original on 2010-12-08. Retrieved 2011-01-16.. New York Observer, October 26, 2010.
  8. ^ "A middle-school war, waged with chutzpah". Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  9. ^ JOSHUA COHEN (2010-11-05). "Book Review - The Instructions - By Adam Levin - The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  10. ^ Kamer, Foster (2010-10-20). "Adam Levin's New Jewish Epic". Village Voice. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  11. ^ "The McSweeney's Store - Hot Pink". Archived from the original on 3 April 2013.
  12. ^ "Bubblegum by Adam Levin: 9780525566489 | Books".

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