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American Spy

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
Feb 12, 2019 | 304 Pages
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“[Lauren] Wilkinson’s unflinching, incendiary debut combines the espionage novels of John le Carré with the racial complexity of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. . . . [American Spy] is certain to make Wilkinson’s name as one of the most engaging and perceptive young writers working today. . . . As refreshing as it is revelatory.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“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

American Spy is by turns suspenseful, tender, and funny, always smart and searingly honest. Lauren Wilkinson renders the world of spies with vivacity and depth, and shines a penetrating light on what it’s like to be a black woman in America. But like all great novels, this one teaches us most about ourselves and our values. ”—Sara Nović, author of Girl at War

“What does it do to a person to work for a country that doesn’t work for her? Lauren Wilkinson’s unforgettable protagonist thrillingly forges her own way through the tangles of patriotism, service, love, and loyalty in this extraordinary novel.”—Lydia Kiesling, author of The Golden State
“Like all secret agents, Lauren Wilkinson is a keen observer, capable of gathering real intelligence. American Spy is a trenchant commentary on race and gender in America, disguised as a spy thriller.”—Elliott Holt, author of You Are One of Them
“[Lauren Wilkinson] navigates the psychic and physical terrain of this tale of divided loyalties with the poise of such classic masters as Eric Ambler and Graham Greene spiked with late-twentieth-century black American intellectual history.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Appealing in its insightful characterizations, well-plotted action, and rich settings, this should find a large audience.”Booklist (starred review)
“Suspenseful . . . This story of espionage, told from the perspective of a woman of color, doesn’t gloss over how family and personal relationships, as well as institutional racism and chauvinism, complicate a career in secret intelligence, raising questions about U.S. involvement in developing countries and the obstacles faced by women and minorities in law enforcement. Should be a popular book club selection.”Library Journal (starred review)

American Spy refuses to shy away from the intermingled complexities of gender, race, politics, and history, but its ideas never overpower its richly and lovingly drawn characters. An absorbing, energetic, brilliant spy novel—and so much more.”—Jamel Brinkley, author of A Lucky Man

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