The Pearl of Kuwait by Tom Paine

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He's California surfer Cody "Cowboy" Carmichael, and his life is forever changed when he meets Private Tommy Trang at boot camp. Trang is not your typical American patriot--his mother was a Saigon prostitute, his father a dead U.S. marine, and Trang's heart soon belongs to a sixteen-year-old Kuwaiti princess trapped behind the lines when the Iraqis invade her country. Together, the two marines are ready to wave the American flag all the way to Baghdad, or at least into occupied Kuwait, to rescue Princess Lulu. During the exciting, moving, and often hilarious account of these two AWOL marines sneaking through the Iraqi lines, the mellow Carmichael gets to know the heart of Pvt. Tommy Trang, and discovers a new brand of patriotism that is gripping, contagious, and as deep as life itself.
A powerful first novel by an award-winning writer, The Pearl of Kuwait is Romeo and Juliet meets Lawrence of Arabia. Tom Paine has created an enthralling, joyful, and original story with the classic ingredients of love and war.
 

About Tom Paine

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Tom Paine is a graduate of Princeton and the Columbia M.F.A. program. His book of short stories, Scar Vegas, was a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, a Barnes and Noble "Discover Great New Writers" selection, a Talk Magazine "Talk 10" Pick, and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for the hardcover and the paperback. He lives in Vermont.
 
Published March 3, 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 320 pages
Genres: War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Carmichael narrates the novel in his fluid surfer patois, which Paine deftly uses to comic effect ("Princess Lulu was like torching a blue-eyed gaze into Trang that would make your hair crinkle.

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