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American War, by Omar El Akkad

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Has anyone heard about this book?  It's the debut novel from Omar El Akkad, former journalist with The Globe and Mail, in Toronto.  He spent some time as a war reporter in Afghanistan and saw war up-close.  Here's the summary:


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


It's gotten some fairly high praise so far for a debut novel!  


My copy is on the way and I look forward to reading it! (yes it's from his former employer, but it was written by Lawrence Hill, of The Book of Negroes fame)


Disclaimer: Omar is a friend of mine from university.

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