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Into the Sun

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When a car explodes in a crowded part of Kabul ten years after 9/11, a Japanese-American journalist is shocked to discover that the passengers were acquaintances-three fellow ex-pats who had formed an unlikely love triangle.

Alexandra was a human rights lawyer for imprisoned Afghan women. Justin was a born-again Christian who taught at a local school. Clay was an ex-soldier who worked as a private contractor. The car's driver, Idris, was one of Justin's most promising pupils-and he is missing.

Drawn to the secrets of these strangers, and increasingly convinced the events that led to the fatal explosion weren't random, the journalist follows a trail that leads from Kabul to Louisiana, Maine, Quebec, and Dubai. In the process, the tortured narratives of these individuals become inseparable from the larger story of America's imperial misadventures.

In this monumental novel, Deni Ellis Bechard draws an unsentimental portrait of those who flock to warzones, indelibly capturing these journalists, mercenaries, idealists, and aid workers. More importantly, Bechard vividly brings to life the city of Kabul itself, along with the people who live there: the hungry, determined, and resourceful locals who are just as willing as their occupiers to reinvent themselves to survive.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Into the Sun is the sort of book I’m always hungry for - the serious novel in which the guns literally go off. Béchard makes me think of Graham Greene and Robert Stone, which is heady company, indeed." - Richard Ford

"Bechard is the rare writer who knows the secret to telling the true story." - Marlon James

"Into the Sun is a ferociously intelligent and intensely gripping portrait of the expatriate community in Kabul?the idealists, mercenaries, aid workers, and journalists circling around a war offering them promises of purpose, redemption, or cash, while the local Afghans in their orbit negotiate the ever-changing and ever-dangerous politics of the latter stages of the American war in Afghanistan. Brilliant." - Phil Klay

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Paperback Editions

September 2016 : Canada Paperback

Title: Into the Sun
Author(s): Deni Bechard
ISBN: 1-4870-0139-8 / 978-1-4870-0139-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
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September 2016 : USA Paperback

Title: Into the Sun: A Novel
Author(s): Deni Ellis Bechard
ISBN: 1-57131-114-9 / 978-1-57131-114-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
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Kindle Editions

September 2016 : Canada Kindle edition

Title: Into the Sun
Author(s): Deni Bechard
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
Availability: Amazon CA