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Eclectic Book Club: American War by Omar El Akkad

June 04, 2018

Please join me on Wednesday, June 27th at 7pm for a discussion of the book American War by Omar El Akkad.

This discussion is part of the quarterly Eclectic Book Club.

American War is a novel about a not too distant United States. “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, and that unmanned drones fill the sky. When her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she begins to grow up shaped by her particular time and place. But not everyone at Camp Patience is who they claim to be. Eventually Sarat is befriended by a mysterious functionary, under whose influence she is turned into a deadly instrument of war. The decisions that she makes will have tremendous consequences not just for Sarat but for her family and her country, rippling through generations of strangers and kin alike.”

Copies of the book are available at the Main Circulation Desk. All are welcome!


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