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Casey Gerald

Author of There Will Be No Miracles Here

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  • About Casey Gerald

    Casey Gerald was the poster child for the American Dream, escaping a harrowing childhood to enter a new world of elite universities and secret societies. But as he climbed the social ladder, he saw how this hierarchy stifled those at the margins, and that “salvation stories” like his could be used to keep others from rising. Now, he uses his platform to splinter the myth of the American Dream, illuminate inequality, and set forth a bold new direction for a generation navigating a fractured nation.

    In his talks, Gerald shares his powerful coming-of-age story, one that straddles the complex intersection of race, class, religion, queer sexuality, and masculinity.  He explores the essential questions of our current moment: how do we succeed in a culture that is designed to silence us? How do we heal from trauma while retaining our identity? His talks are as a testament that every person deserves to define and hold on to their humanity, especially during times of collective anger and growing disillusionment.

    Gerald’s new book, There Will Be No Miracles Here (October 2018), is a meditative memoir turned incisive manifesto. In his singular coming-of-age story, he shares his journey on the rise to success, his disenchantment with society’s definition of achievement, and his painful realization of how his own ascension fits into a larger scheme. Instead of becoming complicit in the American narrative that narrows lives down to stereotypes of success and failure, he suggests how we might build a new foundation to sustain the richness of our differences.

    A native Texan, Gerald attended Yale University and Harvard Business School, where he delivered a stirring pre-commencement speech urging his classmates to value purpose over profit. He started an acclaimed non-profit, MBAs Across America, after beginning his career in economic policy and strategy.  An electrifying speaker, Gerald’s TED talk on the “Gospel of Doubt” has received over 1.8 million views, and he opened for President Barack Obama at SXSW. He has been featured on MSNBC, in The New York Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, and on the cover of Fast Company, which named him one of the “Most Creative People in Business.”

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    There Will Be No Miracles Here

    Casey Gerald’s story has the arc of a classic rags-to-riches tale, but he soon discovered there was a steep cost to his success. “If to live as we are is destroying us,” he asks, “what would it mean to truly live?” In this talk, Gerald turns the American Dream narrative on its head, inspiring audiences to question–even shatter–and reimagine this nation’s most cherished myths.

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  • Praise for Casey Gerald

    Praise for There Will Be No Miracles Here

    Hardly a by-the-numbers memoir, this is a powerful book marked by the author’s refreshingly complicated and insightful storytelling.

    Kirkus Reviews (starred)

    From the first line of this astonishing book, we know we are in for a trip we’ve never gone on before in memoir. The book braids, un-braids and re-braids threads of the personal, the political and the philosophical, in a voice that is ironically comedic and at the same time wholly sincere. There Will Be No Miracles Here is a glowing literary event.

    Kiese Laymon

    Casey Gerald’s book is urgent, mesmeric, soaring, desperately serious, wounded and, at times, slyly, brilliantly comic. The world he creates is vivid, the invocation of the personal and the political sharp and knowing. The style is flawless, the pace perfectly judged. Electrifying.

    Colm Tóibín

    This is the book for all of us who have juggled double (and triple, and quadruple) consciousnesses, and for those of us who have prayed to false gods and passed as false selves. Casey Gerald leads us through blackness and boyhood, love and masculinity, faith and privilege, on his journey toward the only self who could write these fierce and luminous pages. This book is fire.

    Danzy Senna
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