2 A.M. in Little America
2 A.M. in Little America


"Another tonally intricate triumph, this one about the bewilderment, alienation, and sheer strangeness of being a refugee.... A strange, highly compelling tale about what happens when American privilege and insulation get turned inside out."

— Kirkus Reviews  (Advance review)

"“2 A.M. in Little America” is a highly readable, taut novel. It pulls the reader into its world, and suggests that many interesting human complications await us at the end of the story called the United States of America."

— Héctor Tobar, The New York Times Book Review  (A Novel Imagines the Next Wave of Refugees: Americans)

"The chastening of America, with civil unrest, expatriates looking on in humiliation, and citizens of other countries savoring the once mighty country’s downfall, is the grim scenario Ken Kalfus envisions in his latest novel, “2 A.M. in Little America.” Whichever side one takes on the issues bedeviling America, readers familiar with his work will probably agree on this point: Kalfus is a perceptive guy. "

— Michael Magras, The Washington Post  (Ken Kalfus gives readers an unsettling portrait of a humbled America)

"Kalfus paints a grim picture of where the U.S. is headed that tracks with the fever dreams being spun nightly by our real-world political commentators on both sides of the aisle. What is interesting about this book, however, is that, unlike similar cautionary novels such as The Handmaid’s Tale and The Road, the narrative never sets foot within the borders of the dystopia itself."

— Michael Landweber, The Washington Independent Review of Books  (In a near-future dystopia, the refugees are us.)