Fiction Book Group with Alexis

Live via Zoom:
Tuesday, May 12, 6:00 PM
Fiction Book Group with Alexis discusses American War

Led (virtually!) by Greenlight general manager Alexis, our fiction book group discusses paperback fiction, reading broadly in contemporary fiction with the occasional diversion into classics. For May, the group discusses award-winning journalist Omar El Akkad’s audacious and powerful debut novel, American War. Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, and that unmanned drones fill the sky. When her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she begins to grow up shaped by her particular time and place. But not everyone at Camp Patience is who they claim to be. Eventually Sarat is befriended by a mysterious functionary, under whose influence she is turned into a deadly instrument of war. The decisions that she makes will have tremendous consequences not just for Sarat but for her family and her country, rippling through generations of strangers and kin alike. 

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American War: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101973134
Availability: Available at our distributor; usually ships in 1-5 days
Published: Vintage - January 30th, 2018

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