The book, published this summer, has ignited a huge debate about it's "macho" qualities.

This article titled “The Flamethrowers: the Great American Novel for the 21st century?” was written by Charlotte Higgins, chief arts writer, for The Guardian on Friday 23rd August 2013 18.17 UTC

Rachel Kushner – wiry, dressed in black and with sunglasses worn against the effects, she says, of a late night with Irish novelist Colm Tóibin rather than the watery Edinburgh sun – is the author of The Flamethrowers, a novel whose publication this summer has prompted an outbreak of hostilities among literary critics.

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