What Strange Paradise

What Strange Paradise

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Author/Contributor(s): El Akkad, Omar
Publisher: Vintage
Date: 06/07/2022
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW

STREET DATE: June 7, 2022

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR - From the widely acclaimed, bestselling author of American War--a beautifully written, unrelentingly dramatic, and profoundly moving novel that looks at the global refugee crisis through the eyes of a child.

More bodies have washed up on the shores of a small island. Another overfilled, 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 back in their homelands. But miraculously, someone has survived the passage: nine-year-old Amir, a Syrian boy who is soon rescued by VÌ_nna. VÌ_nna is a teenage girl, who, despite being native to the island, experiences her own sense of homelessness in a place and among people she has come to disdain. And though VÌ_nna and Amir are complete strangers, though they don't speak a common language, VÌ_nna is determined to do whatever it takes to save the boy.

In alternating chapters, we learn about Amir's life and how he came to be on the boat, and we follow him and the girl as they make their way toward safety. What Strange Paradise is the story of two children finding their way through a hostile world. But it is also a story of empathy and indifference, of hope and despair--and about the way each of those things can blind us to reality.åÊ