$25.00ISBN: 9781476738963Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Simon & Schuster - June 3rd, 2014
Avis, the daughter of a stripper, is now a respected member of suburban Las Vegas, mother of a grown son who’s recently returned from serving 3 tours of duty in Afghanistan. As the novel opens her husband leaves, upending her seemingly safe world. Bashkin, a third grader, is from Albania where his baba saw things that he couldn’t forget, memories that breed violence in the present. Luis, a hospitalized vet in Afghanistan recovering from a self-inflicted wound, has likewise witnessed unthinkable atrocities. Finally, there’s Roberta, a social worker trying to deal with these characters few understand. A will to survive serves as counterpoint to the realities of war and of poverty in this unforgettable novel in which light and shadow, grief and hope dance across the nether world of American’s most schizophrenic city.