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Harbor

(2004)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
A powerful first novel that engages the tumultuous events of today: at once an intimate portrait of a group of young Arab Muslims living in the United States, and the story of one man's journey into-and out of-violence.

We first meet Aziz Arkoun as a 24-year-old stowaway-frozen, hungry, his perceptions jammed by a language he can't understand or speak. After 52 days in the hold of a tanker from Algeria, he jumps into the icy waters of Boston harbor and swims to shore. Seemingly rescued from isolation by Algerians he knew as a child, he instead finds himself in a world of disillusionment, duplicity, and stolen identities, living a raw comedy of daily survival not unlike what he fled back home.

As the story of Aziz and his friends unfolds-moving from the hardscrabble neighborhoods of East Boston and Brooklyn to a North African army camp-Harbor makes vivid the ambiguities of these men's past and present lives: burying a murdered girl in the Sahara; reading medieval Persian poetry on a bus, passing for Mexican; shoplifting Versace for clubbing, succumbing to sex in a public library; impersonating a double agent. But when Aziz begins to suspect that he and his friends are under surveillance, all assumptions-his and ours-dissolve in an urgent, mesmerizing complexity.

And as Harbor races to its explosive conclusion, it compels us to question the questions it raises: Who are the terrorists? Can we recognize them? How do they live?

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"A strong and disturbing book." - Annie Proulx

"Adams captures the souless fungibility that many an immigrant must feel, clinging to employment's lowest rungs." - Lionel Shriver


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Hardback Editions

August 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Harbor
Author(s): Lorraine Adams
ISBN: 1-4000-4233-X / 978-1-4000-4233-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

March 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Harbour
Author(s): Lorraine Adams
ISBN: 1-84627-034-0 / 978-1-84627-034-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd
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September 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Harbor
Author(s): Lorraine Adams
ISBN: 1-4000-7688-9 / 978-1-4000-7688-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

December 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Harbor (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Lorraine Adams
Publisher: Vintage
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