Preparation for the Next Life

Preparation for the Next Life

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In post-9/11 New York, Zou Lei is an illegal immigrant from northwest China. A Muslim with a Uighur mother and a Han soldier for a father, shea€™s a pariah even within the Chinese community. Forced to work fourteen-hour days and live in squalor, she nevertheless embraces the many freedoms her adopted homeland has to offer. Damaged by three tours in Iraq, veteran Brad Skinner comes to New York with the sole intention of partying as hard as he can in order to forget what hea€™s seen. Impulsive and angry, Skinnera€™s re-entry into civilian life seems doomed. But when he meets Zou Lei they discover that new beginnings may be possible for both of them, that is if they can survive homelessness, lockup and Skinnera€™s post-traumatic stress disorder. Set in the underbelly of New York, Preparation for the Next Life exposes an America as seen from the fringes of society in devastating detail and destroys the myth of the American Dream through two of the most remarkable characters in contemporary fiction. Powerful, realistic and raw, this is one of the most ambitious a€“ and necessary a€“ chronicles of our time.... bypassing the smoothie counter and the drink case that contained bottled Isopure in green, orange, purple, and red, like ... She spoke to no one as she went to the squat rack, her iPod on in her ears as if she were getting instructions from theanbsp;...

Title:Preparation for the Next Life
Author:Atticus Lish
Publisher:Oneworld Publications - 2015-04-02


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