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Harbor

Harbor

(2004)
A novel by

 
Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)

"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


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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Used availability for Lorraine Adams's Harbor


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Hardback Editions

August 2004 : USA Hardback
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
Title: Harbor
Author(s): Lorraine Adams
ISBN: 1-84627-034-0 / 978-1-84627-034-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 2005 : USA Paperback
Title: Harbor
Author(s): Lorraine Adams
ISBN: 1-4000-7688-9 / 978-1-4000-7688-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

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