What Strange Paradise What Strange Paradise

What Strange Paradise

A Novel

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Publisher Description

WINNER OF THE 2021 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2023 DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
 
From the widely acclaimed author of American War: a new novel--beautifully written, unrelentingly dramatic, and profoundly moving--that brings the global refugee crisis down to the level of a child's eyes.


More bodies have washed up on the shores of a small island. Another over-filled, ill-equipped, dilapidated ship has sunk under the weight of its too many passengers: Syrians, Ethiopians, Egyptians, Lebanese, Palestinians, all of them desperate to escape untenable lives in their homelands. And only one has made the passage: nine-year-old Amir, a Syrian boy who has the good fortune to fall into the hands not of the officials but of Vanna: a teenage girl, native to the island, who lives inside her own sense of homelessness in a place and among people she has come to disdain. And though she and the boy are complete strangers, though they don't speak a common language, she determines to do whatever it takes to save him.

In alternating chapters, we learn the story of the boy's life and how he came to be on the boat; and we follow the girl and boy as they make their way toward a vision of safety. But as the novel unfurls, we begin to understand that this is not merely the story of two children finding their way through a hostile world, it is the story of our collective moment in this time: of empathy and indifference, of hope and despair--and of the way each of those things can blind us to reality, or guide us to a better one.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2021
July 20
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
McClelland & Stewart
SELLER
Penguin Random House Canada
SIZE
1.9
MB

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