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Publisher Description

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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2017
April 4
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
352
Pages
PUBLISHER
McClelland & Stewart
SELLER
Penguin Random House Canada
SIZE
3.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Zxcv156 ,

Riveting

An amazing read. Troubling and plausible. Gave me sleepless nights. Writing is crisp. Characters well developed. Essential reading today.

Happy Trails 48 ,

Riveting page turner

Of all five books for Canada Reads Debate, this, my least favourite in anticipation, has become my very favourite read of all five excellent books. All have the capacity to open our eyes, but this one opened my eyes and my heart......

Digital Aura ,

American Dud

Was very disappointed with this story, after listening to all that hype it got on CBC radio and making it to #2 on Canada Reads.
Bland. Not engaging.

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