Harbor by Lorraine Adams

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A New York Times and Washington Post Notable BookEntertainment Weekly's #1 Fiction Book of the YearA tremendously acclaimed and exquisitely realized novel of literary suspense, Harbor recounts the adventures of Aziz Arkoun who, at twenty-four, makes his way to America via the hold of an Algerian tanker and the icy waters of Boston harbor. Aziz soon finds himself a community of fellow Algerians, but their means of survival in this strange land begins to remind him of the dangerous world he was desperate to escape. As the story of Aziz and his friends unfolds, moving from East Boston and Brooklyn to Montreal and a North African army camp, Harbor takes us inside the ambiguities of these men's past and present lives. When Aziz discovers that he and his circle are most likely under surveillance, all assumptions, his and ours, dissolve in urgent, mesmerizing complexity.  

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About Lorraine Adams

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Lorraine Adams was educated at Princeton University and was a graduate fellow at Columbia University, where she received a master's degree in literature. A staff writer for the Washington Post for 11 years, she won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. She lives in Washington, D.C., and is at work on her second novel.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 306 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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While Aziz remains the protagonist, the story fans out to include his kid brother Mourad (the lucky devil won a green card) and another stowaway, the charismatic go-getter Ghazi, whose scruples about Rafik lead him and Aziz to check out his storage locker, a move that will have dire repercussions.

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T'S easy to explain how Lorraine Adams knows so much about the illegal Algerian community in America, about credit card fraud, about terrorism and F.B.I.

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Publishers Weekly

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Coming out in time for the 60th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, this book tells the full story of the battleship Arizona, arguably one of America's most well-known ships.

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Entertainment Weekly

Aziz sees Heather as the pampered daughter of a fabled ''rich father.'' Later, we get a deeper, more rounded portrait of a sweet, malleable girl who unexpectedly falls in love with homely, serious Mourad.

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Oregon Live

The good news: Colson Whitehead's fourth novel, "Sag Harbor," reads like a conversation with an old friend, warm, funny and digression-filled.

May 08 2009 | Read Full Review of Harbor

Deseret News

"Harbor" is, first, a novel about terrorism, and second, about understanding people from other countries and cultures.

Sep 26 2004 | Read Full Review of Harbor

The Christian Manifesto

The action heats up as we learn more about the Fenians, a group of Irish immigrants who may have violent intentions, mysterious men follow Cara around the city, and Cara gets more anxious to find Eoghan.

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