daughters' death, fathers, grief, Israelis, Jewish-Arab relations, pacifists, Palestinian Arabs, political fiction
LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE • From the National Book Award–winning and bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin comes an epic novel rooted in the unlikely real-life friendship between two fathers. (Amazon)
To become a member of the Parent’s Circle, you have to lose a child and be willing to speak. The author, in real life, met these 2 fathers and was so inspired to write about their stories and their determination to turn their grief into a weapon for peace. This is more than a story about Palestine and Israel. This is 1001 fragments that come together to form a whole – a tour de force unlike anything you’ve read to date.
“Brilliant . . . powerful and prismatic . . . Apeirogon is an empathy engine, utterly collapsing the gulf between teller and listener. . . . It achieves its aim by merging acts of imagination and extrapolation with historical fact. But it’s undisputably a novel, and, to my mind, an exceedingly important one. It does far more than make an argument for peace; it is, itself, an agent of change.”—The New York Times Book Review (cover review)
“McCann performs his own epic balancing act between life and art, writing with stunning lyricism and fluent empathy as he traces the ripple effects of violence and grief, beauty, and the miraculous power of friendship and love, valor and truth.”—Booklist (starred review)