Into the Sun by Deni Ellis Béchard
A Novel

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I never understood the aid workers who went there without weapons or armour, and I certainly never understood the Afghans themselves. So I’m grateful to Deni Ellis Béchard for pulling back some of those curtains – and for telling a hell of a good story in the process.
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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, Québec, 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 Béchard draws an unsentimental portrait of those who flock to warzones, indelibly capturing these journalists, mercenaries, idealists, and aid workers. More importantly, Béchard 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.
 

About Deni Ellis Béchard

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Deni Ellis Béchard is the author of the novel Vandal Love, and Cures for Hunger, a memoir. His work has appeared in the LA Times, Salon, and Foreign Policy, and he has reported from Afghanistan, India, Rwanda, and Iraq. Deni Ellis Béchard
 
Published September 6, 2016 by Milkweed Editions. 456 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Matt Lennox on Nov 25 2016

I never understood the aid workers who went there without weapons or armour, and I certainly never understood the Afghans themselves. So I’m grateful to Deni Ellis Béchard for pulling back some of those curtains – and for telling a hell of a good story in the process.

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