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In the Country of Men

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Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
On a white-hot day in Tripoli, Libya, in the summer of 1979, nine-year-old Suleiman is shopping in the market square with his mother. His father is away on business - except that he is sure he has just seen his father, standing across the street in a pair of dark glasses. But, why isn't he waving? And, why doesn't he come over when he knows Suleiman's mother is falling apart? From a breathtaking new talent comes an utterly gripping, incredibly emotional novel told from the point of view of a young boy growing up in a terrifying and bewildering world where his best friend's father disappears and is next seen on state television at a public execution; where a mysterious man sits outside the house all day and asks strange questions; where his mother and uncle burn all his father's books when they know what an avid reader he is; and when it seems his father has finally disappeared for good. Soon, the whispers and fears, secrets and lies will become so intense that Suleiman can bear them no longer and in his terrified effort to save his family may end up betraying his friends, his parents and ultimately himself.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Exquisite . . . full of essential truths: the more you read the more you feel the childhood described in it is yours." - Nadeem Aslam

"A poignant story of a child exposed too early to the brutalities of Libyan politics." - J M Coetzee

"In the Country of Men understands that love - despite betrayal, grief, mistrust, rage, political terror - nevetheless remains love." - Anne Michaels

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