CLBR #284: Jared Yates Sexton, The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage

The People Are Going to Rise
Like the Waters Upon Your Shore:

A Story of American Rage


We begin another year of Miami Book Fair interviews on October 18th with Jared Sexton, an academic and aspiring novelist turned accidental political correspondent.  His new book, The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage has been called aKurtz-like journey into the dark heart of white Middle America.”

Jared Yates Sexton


The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore:
A Story of American Rage

Miami Book Fair – Sunday, November 19 @ 3:00 pm,
Room 3209 (Building 3, 2nd Floor), 300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 

From the Publisher:

The People Are Going To Rise Like The Waters Upon Your Shore is a firsthand account of the events that shaped the 2016 Presidential Election and the cultural forces that powered Donald Trump past Hillary Clinton and into the White House. Featuring in-the-field reports as well as deep analysis, Sexton’s book is not just the story of the most unexpected and divisive election in modern political history. It is a sobering chronicle of the sicknesses that plague our democracy―a divided nation drowning in racism, misogyny, violence, fake news, and deep-rooted political polarization as a result of our self-constructed, technologically-assisted echo chambers. Like the works of Hunter S. Thompson and Norman Mailer―books that have paved the way for important narratives that shape how we perceive not only the politics of our time but also our way of life―The People Are Going to Rise Like The Waters Upon Your Shore is an instant classic, an authoritative depiction of a country struggling to make sense of itself…An instant classic.

Critical Acclaim:

An impressionistic and often disturbing account of the 2016 presidential race . . . Sexton grapples with the Trump campaign from the perspective of the crowds reveling in the candidate’s presence and message. It is a useful vantage point given the increasingly blatant bigotry in the months since the election . . . This book reveals the incremental nature of public displays of hatred, growing from harsh chants and bumper stickers to, say, an open and unmasked gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville . . . [His] dispatches are bracing.” —The Washington Post

“A leftist counterweight to Hillbilly Elegy, laced with shots of Hunter S. Thompson . . . A useful snapshot of a tumultuous presidential race.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Sexton’s reporting provides a unique nuts-and-bolts look at the campaigns, and his eyewitness reports of the aggressive displays at Trump rallies are both terrifying and fascinating.” —Publishers Weekly

“Sexton writes as a reporter who experienced both life and politics in the 2016 campaign. His book is excellent . . . [It] tries to make sense of a country trying to make sense of itself.” —Winnipeg Free Press

“This is the post-campaign book I was waiting for. Nothing else has shown me so clearly the ruptures in our culture aligned with Trump’s candidacy, or even the nature of the way we choose a president. Essential reading for understanding this country now and going forward.” —Alexander Chee, author of The Queen of the Night

The Author:

Website / Tw: @JYSexton

Jared Yates Sexton is a writer, academic, and political correspondent whose work has appeared in The New York TimesThe New RepublicSalon, and literary journals around the world. He’s a regular guest on television, radio, and podcasts, and the author of three collections of short fiction and the forthcoming political book The People Are Going To Rise Like The Waters Upon Your Shore from Counterpoint Press. Currently he serves as an Associate Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of Writing & Linguistics at Georgia Southern University.

Other Writing:

Tour Dates:

  • October 25th – Book Culture, New York, New York
  • October 28th – Boston Book Festival, Boston, Massachusetts
  • November 4th – 5th – Texas Book Festival, Austin, Texas
  • November 8th – Midtown Scholar Bookstore, Harrisburg, PA
  • November 10th – Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX
  • December 1st – Politics and Prose, Washington, D.C.
  • April 28th – Annapolis Book Festival