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The Resource American Spy

American Spy

Label
American Spy
Title
American Spy
Statement of responsibility
Lauren Wilkinson
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"American Spy updates the espionage thriller with blazing originality."—Entertainment Weekly"There has never been anything like it."—Marlon James, GQ"So much fun . . . Like the best of John le Carré, it's extremely tough to put down."—NPRNAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY CHICAGO TRIBUNE AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Time • NPREntertainment Weekly • Esquire • BuzzFeed • Vulture • Real Simple • Good Housekeeping • The New York Public LibraryWhat if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love? It's 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She's brilliant, but she's also a young black woman working in an old boys' club. Her career has stalled out, she's overlooked for every high-profile squad, and her days are filled with monotonous paperwork. So when she's given the opportunity to join a shadowy task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the charismatic revolutionary president of Burkina Faso whose Communist ideology has made him a target for American intervention, she says yes. Yes, even though she secretly admires the work Sankara is doing for his country. Yes, even though she is still grieving the mysterious death of her sister, whose example led Marie to this career path in the first place. Yes, even though a furious part of her suspects she's being offered the job because of her appearance and not her talent. In the year that follows, Marie will observe Sankara, seduce him, and ultimately have a hand in the coup that will bring him down. But doing so will change everything she believes about what it means to be a spy, a lover, a sister, and a good American. Inspired by true events—Thomas Sankara is known as "Africa's Che Guevara"—American Spy knits together a gripping spy thriller, a heartbreaking family drama, and a passionate romance. This is a face of the Cold War you've never seen before, and it introduces a powerful new literary voice.NOMINATED FOR THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD • Shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize"Spy fiction plus allegory, and a splash of pan-Africanism. What could go wrong? As it happens, very little. Clever, bracing, darkly funny, and really, really good."—Ta-Nehisi Coates"Inspired by real events, this espionage thriller ticks all the right boxes, delivering a sexually charged interrogation of both politics and race."—Esquire "Echoing the stoic cynicism of Hurston and Ellison, and the verve of Conan Doyle, American Spy lays our complicities—political, racial, and sexual—bare. Packed with unforgettable characters, it's a stunning book, timely as it is timeless."—Paul Beatty, Man Booker Prizewinning author of The Sellout
Summary
A Cold War FBI intelligence officer joins an undercover task force to seduce a revolutionary African Communist president she secretly admires and comes to love
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Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2019
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10755054
Cataloging source
BT
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1984-
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Wilkinson, Lauren
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • African American Fiction
  • Thriller
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
American Spy
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Publication
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OVERDRIVE:66a0fc88-2277-4596-83f8-25941217ceab
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9780812998962
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
American Spy
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:66a0fc88-2277-4596-83f8-25941217ceab
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780812998962
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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