Exiles by Philip Caputo

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 In this startling new work of fiction, the acclaimed author of A Rumor of War creates three powerful dramas of dislocation, following his characters places they have no business being and into situations that are vastly—and dangerously—beyond their depth.

In the Connecticut suburbs, a motherless young man suddenly becomes the beneficiary of a wealthy older couple, whose generosity has unsuspected motives and a sinister price.  On an island in Australia's Torres Strait, an enigmatic castaway throws kinks into the local culture and sexual politics.  And in the jungles of Vietnam, four American soldiers undertake a mystical search for a man-eating tiger.  Filled with atmospheric tension, crackling with psychological observation, and evoking masters from Joseph Conrad to Robert Stone, Exiles is a riveting literary experience.

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About Philip Caputo

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Philip Caputo worked nine years for the Chicago Tribune and shared a Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for his reporting on election fraud in Chicago. The author of numerous works of fiction, a second volume of memoir, and several books for young people, he divides his time between Connecticut and Arizona.
Published September 26, 2009 by Vintage. 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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``In the Forest of the Laughing Elephant'' records a ``rescue mission'' carried out in the jungles of Vietnam by American soldiers whose mess sergeant has been carried away by an enormous tiger.

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The gothic subplot of Cyrus's motives and the Braithwaite family's secrets, played out against the Civil War's aftermath and the Spanish-American War, adds ballast on a vessel already laden with a heavy cargo of Original Sin, inherited character flaws, parents who destroy their children and the d...

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