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Author: Omar El Akkad Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781524779801

Publisher Description

“Powerful . . . As haunting a postapocalyptic universe as Cormac McCarthy [created] in The Road, and as devastating a look as the fallout that national events have on an American family as Philip Roth did in The Plot Against America. . . . Omar El Akkad’s debut novel, American War, is an unlikely mash-up of unsparing war reporting and plot elements familiar to readers of the recent young-adult dystopian series The Hunger Games and Divergent.”

—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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, 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.

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Quotes

  • El Akkad . . . has an innate (and depressingly timely) feel for the textural details of dystopia; if only his grim near-future fantasy didn’t feel so much like a crystal ball.

    - Entertainment Weekly
  • Astounding, gripping and eerily believable . . . masterful . . . Both the story and the writing are lucid, succinct, powerful and persuasive.

    - Globe and Mail (Toronto)
  • American War is a deeply unsettling novel. The only comfort the story offers is that it’s a work of fiction. For the time being, anyway.

    - New York Times Book Review
  • Follow the tributaries of today’s political combat a few decades into the future and you might arrive at something as terrifying as Omar El Akkad’s debut novel, American War.

    - Washington Post
  • This audiobook, vividly imagined by journalist Omar El Akkad and narrated by Dion Graham, transports listeners to a near-future America ravaged by war…Graham infuses the Chestnuts’ story with urgency and heart, and he reads the official documents recounting the war with chilling veracity—making this dystopian vision of America feel all too real.”

    - AudioFile
  • “El Akkad’s formidable talent is to offer up a stinging rebuke of the distance with which the United States sometimes views current disasters, which are always happening somewhere else. Not this time.”

    - Los Angeles Times
  • Striking . . . A most unusual novel, one featuring a gripping plot and an elegiac narrative tone.

    - Boston Globe
  • Powerful . . . If violence and conflict feel distant, journalist Omar El Akkad’s debut novel brings them home.

    - GQ
  • American War is an extraordinary novel. El Akkad’s story of a family caught up in the collapse of an empire is as harrowing as it is brilliant, and has an air of terrible relevance in these partisan times.

    - Emily St. John Mandel, New York TImes bestselling aauthor
  • El Akkad has created a brilliantly well-crafted, profoundly shattering saga of one family’s suffering in a world of brutal power struggles, terrorism, ignorance, and vengeance. American War is a gripping, unsparing, and essential novel for dangerously contentious times.

    - Booklist (starred review)
  • Terrifyingly plausible . . . Part family chronicle, part apocalyptic fable, American War is a vivid narrative of a country collapsing in on itself.

    - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • Gripping and frightening . . . Well written, inventive, and engaging, this relentlessly dark tale introduces a fascinating character. . . . Highly recommended.

    - Library Journal (starred review)
  • Depicting a world uncomfortably close to the one we live in, American War is as captivating as it is deeply frightening.

    - Buzzfeed.com
  • “American War is terrifying in its prescient vision of the future.

    - New York magazine
  • “Terrifyingly plausible…Part family chronicle, part apocalyptic fable, American War is a vivid narrative of a country collapsing in on itself.”

    - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “A brilliantly well-crafted, profoundly shattering saga of one family’s suffering in a world of brutal power struggles, terrorism, ignorance, and vengeance…Gripping, unsparing, and [an] essential novel for dangerously contentious times.”

    - Booklist (starred review)
  • “An allegory about present-day military occupation…He imagines this society in some creative ways…A well-imagined if somber window into social collapse.”

    - Kirkus Reviews

Awards

  • An April 2017 LibraryReads Pick
  • A BookPage Top Pick for April 2017
  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for April 2017
  • An Entertainment Weekly Pick for April
  • Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
  • Finalist for the 2018 Indies Choice Book Award for Best Audiobook
  • Shortlisted for the 2018 Arthur C. Clarke Award
  • Winner of the 2018 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award
  • A London Guardian Pick of the Top 10 Books of Eco-Fiction

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About the Author

Omar El Akkad was born in Cairo, Egypt, and grew up in Doha, Qatar, until he moved to Canada with his family. He is an award-winning journalist and author who has traveled around the world to cover many of the most important news stories of the last decade. His reporting includes dispatches from the NATO-led war in Afghanistan, the military trials at Guantànamo Bay, the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt, and the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson, Missouri. He is a recipient of Canada’s National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting and the Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Canadian Journalists, as well as three National Magazine Award honorable mentions.

About the Narrator

Dion Graham is an award-winning narrator named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine. He has been a recipient of the prestigious Audie Award numerous times, as well as Earphones Awards, the Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards, IBPA Ben Franklin Awards, and the ALA Odyssey Award. He was nominated in 2015 for a Voice Arts Award for Outstanding Narration. He is also a critically acclaimed actor who he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. He is a graduate of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, with an MFA degree in acting.