Join the Norwich Bookstore and Still North Books & Bar for an event celebrating National Book Award-winning author Phil Klay's debut novel, Missionaries. Phil, a Dartmouth alum and Iraq war veteran, will be joined in conversation by former CBS Face the Nation executive producer and current Norwich bookseller Carin Pratt.
In Missionaries, Phil Klay examines the globalization of violence through the interlocking stories of four characters and the conflicts that define their lives. Drawing on six years of research in America and Colombia into the effects of the modern way of war on regular people, Klay has written a novel of extraordinary suspense infused with geopolitical sophistication and engaging storytelling.
“If Redeployment was about what happened when we ship wars abroad, then Missionaries is what happens when war comes roaring right back. Expansive, explosive, and epic.” —Marlon James, author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Phil Klay is a veteran of the US Marine Corps. His short story collection Redeployment won the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction and the National Book Critics’ Circle John Leonard Prize for best debut work in any genre, and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by The New York Times. His nonfiction work won the George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Journalism, Arts & Letters in the category of Cultural & Historical Criticism in 2018. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and the Brookings Institution’s Brookings Essay series. He currently teaches fiction at Fairfield University.
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One of President Obama's Favorite Books of the Year
A New York Times Notable Book
One of the Wall Street Journal Ten Best Books of the Year
“One of the best debuts of the year.” —Portland Oregonian