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The Resource Into the sun : or the school, Deni Ellis Béchard

Into the sun : or the school, Deni Ellis Béchard

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Into the sun : or the school
Title
Into the sun
Title remainder
or the school
Statement of responsibility
Deni Ellis Béchard
Title variation
  • Into the sun
  • School
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Language
eng
Summary
"Kabul: Ten years after 9/11. Dismembered by decades of war and jerry-rigged by foreign aid, the city is flooded by journalists, relief workers, and messianic idealists living cheek by jowl in sterile compounds. They throw parties, sell their stories before they happen, trying to save others and redeem themselves. Outsiders addicted to the compulsive thrill of self-invention in a dangerously unstable country, they believe they are at the very frontier of history. When a car explodes in a crowded city street, journalist Michiko Oketani is shocked to discover that its passengers were acquaintances-a tawdry love triangle-from expat circles. Alexandra was a human rights lawyer for imprisoned Afghan women; Justin, a born-again Christian from Louisiana, taught at a local school; and Clay, an inscrutable ex-soldier, worked for a private contractor. The car's driver, Idris, one of Justin's most promising pupils, is missing. Drawn to the secret fabrications of these strangers, and increasingly convinced the events that led to the fatal explosion weren't random, Michiko follows a paper trail that leads beyond Kabul to Louisiana, Maine, Quebec, and Dubai. As the investigation deepens, Michiko's research steadily uncovers old grudges and secret traumas, private desires that have public consequences. The victims' fictions of omission make each complicit in his or her own death. In a city of contesting accounts, the American state's manipulation of the war narrative-writ large on an international stage-is undercut by the innumerable, privately manipulated narratives running in and through each individual life. Though Afghanistan is occupied territory, Kabul belongs to the people that live there: to the hungry, determined, and resourceful locals who are just as willing as their occupiers to reinvent themselves to survive. In this monumental novel, prize-winning author Deni Ellis Bechard draws an unsentimental, portrait of those who flock to warzones. In the author's knowledgeable hands, Kabul-a city that has long haunted the American psyche-is viscerally brought to life as a maze of potholed streets, gritty air, frigid concrete, and continuous violence. Despite the hostility of its setting, Into the Sun hunts for the connections that underlie the apparent tragic randomness of restless lives with a belief in the human need for stories, no matter how flawed"--
Summary
A Japanese-American journalist investigates after a car bomb explodes and Kabul and is shocked to learn that she knew the expatriate passengers, who were involved in a love triangle in the second novel from the author of Vandal Love
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10526959
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DLC
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1974-
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Béchard, Deni Ellis
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • Afghanistan
Target audience
adult
Label
Into the sun : or the school, Deni Ellis Béchard
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn934885391
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
452 pages
Isbn
9781571311146
Lccn
2016013644
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)934885391
Label
Into the sun : or the school, Deni Ellis Béchard
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn934885391
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
452 pages
Isbn
9781571311146
Lccn
2016013644
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)934885391

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