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    Distributor: Random House, Inc. Availability: On Sale Date: Apr 04, 2017 Carton Quantity: 12 $32.95 CAD
American War
A Novel
By (author): Omar El Akkad
9780771009396 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Apr 04, 2017
$32.95 CAD
Active 6.6 x 9.5 x 1.2 in 352 pages McClelland & Stewart
An audacious and powerful debut novel: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle—a story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself.

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, that unmanned drones fill the sky. And when her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she quickly begins to be shaped by her particular time and place until, finally, through the influence of a mysterious functionary, she is turned into a deadly instrument of war. Telling her story is her nephew, Benjamin Chestnut, born during war as one of the Miraculous Generation and now an old man confronting the dark secret of his past—his family’s role in the conflict and, in particular, that of his aunt, a woman who saved his life while destroying untold others.

Story Locale: Louisiana; Southern States of America

BIG DEBUT BY CANADIAN AUTHOR: Omar is an Egyptian-born Canadian journalist formerly of the Globe and Mail.

STRONG US PARTNERS: Knopf (US) has an announced 1st print run of 75,000, and the pub date capitalizes on moment in time when these questions seem most present.

CONTROVERSY: A searing indictment of America’s wars in the Middle East, American War is certain to ignite heated conversations and debate.

RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES: Drones, refugee camps, global politics—this book has it all. American War is deeply informed by the Bush- and Obama-era world order. It will continue to be relevant as foreign wars and national conflicts continue.

LITERARY THRILLER: Written in beautiful prose influenced by great Southern writers such as Flannery O’Connor and Cormac McCarthy, this fast-paced dystopian novel is artful and thrilling in equal measure.

UNFORGETTABLE PROTAGONIST: Sarat is a character like none we’ve seen before. As she grows up before our eyes, we see a young headstrong girl become a radicalized agent in real time.

FAMILY STORY: This is not just Sarat’s story. It is the story of a family torn apart by war, and of the legacy the family carries into the postwar years.

A DISTURBINGLY BELIEVABLE NEAR FUTURE: The author has created an immaculately detailed, wholly credible late twenty-first century world in which the need for sustainable energy causes a new American civil war and a unified Middle East.

OMAR EL AKKAD, formerly of the Globe and Mail, is an award-winning journalist and author who has travelled around the world to cover many of the most important news stories of the last decade. His reporting includes dispatches from the NATO-led war in Egypt and the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson, Missouri. He is a recipient of the National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting for his coverage on the “Toronto 18” terrorism arrests. He has also received the Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Journalists, as well as three National Magazine Award honourable mentions. He is a graduate of Queen’s University.

Author Residence: Portland, Oregon

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Advance Praise for American War:

American War is an extraordinary novel. El Akkad’s story of a family caught up in the collapse of an empire is as harrowing as it is brilliant, and has an air of terrible relevance in these partisan times.”—Emily St. John Mandel

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