What can’t Peter Mendelsund do? Presently creative director for The Atlantic, his work was first visible to readers as the designer of many books beautifully put out into the world. Then he was the author of a number of books on design and the reading imagination, and now, novels. 2019’s excellent debut Same Same is now followed by The Delivery (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). This is the story of a young man - a young man who has come to a country and city as a refugee - who delivers goods for a big company, doing what he can to make ends meet - and survive.
“Peter Mendelsund’s The Delivery is not only truly original, and gorgeously written, it shines a light on a person, a population, generally invisible to all but themselves, which is among a novel’s more profound purposes. It’s a remarkable book.”—Michael Cunningham.
“The infrastructure that delivers us anything we want, whenever we want it, is the work of millions of anonymous hands, millions of people—mostly unseen, mostly unthanked—who pop up and then disappear. In a quick, staccato style, Peter Mendelsund's haunting fable mirrors these movements, building and building to a startlingly full portrait a world that we too often let flash us by.”—Benjamin Moser.