American War

American War

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Shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

A Globe and Mail Best Book

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

A Quill & Quire Best Book of 2017

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.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2017.
ISBN: 9780771009396
Branch Call Number: FIC ElAkk
Characteristics: 333 pages : maps ; 25 cm.

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What happens to a divided America, where the states are no longer united? How does one family survive a civil war? This is a very thought-provoking novel.

Uncomfortably timely, Omar El Akkad proposes a future America that descends into a second civil war. Grim and realistic, this is a read for those who like a challenge.

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VaughanPLKelly May 16, 2017

An extremely well-written, thought-provoking, and engaging debut novel about a futuristic America ravaged by climate change and civil war. I couldn't put it down, despite the difficult topic.


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VaughanPLKelly May 16, 2017

An extremely well-written, thought-provoking, and engaging debut novel about a futuristic America ravaged by climate change and civil war. I couldn't put it down, despite the difficult topic.

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