Ben Fountain - Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution & Elliot Ackerman - Waiting for Eden — in conversation with Andy Kroll

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Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Writing with the power and immediacy that earned him the National Book Critics’ Circle Award for his novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Fountain here turns to nonfiction for an urgent assessment of the state of the country in the wake of the 2016 elections. Drawing from the series he wrote for The Guardian in the months leading up to the election, Fountain views the present in the context of past crises of American history. Finding similarities between the nineteenth-century debate over slavery, the uncertainty of the Great Depression, and today’s deeply polarized, disillusioned, and angry society, Fountain argues that, as we did before, we need to find a new path and recreate the country.

Ackerman, a journalist and decorated veteran of five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, gave us indelible views of war and its aftermath in Green on Blue and the National Book Award-finalist, Dark at the Crossing. His third novel uses the experiences of one soldier, his wife, and the friend who didn’t return to explore how war’s effects spiral beyond the battleground. The immediate events unfold in a Texas hospital where Eden Malcolm is unable to move or speak. His wife sits with him every day, but on Christmas, the one day she’s not there, Eden’s consciousness manages to come to life. As painful memories and realizations surface, Ackerman asks deeply philosophical questions about identity, loyalty, and what makes a life worth living.

 

 

 

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Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062688842
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Published: Ecco - September 25th, 2018

Waiting for Eden: A novel Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781101947395
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Published: Knopf - September 25th, 2018

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