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The Resource American spy : a novel, Lauren Wilkinson, (electronic resource eBook)

American spy : a novel, Lauren Wilkinson, (electronic resource eBook)

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American spy : a novel
Title
American spy
Title remainder
a novel
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Lauren Wilkinson
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Language
eng
Summary
"[This] unflinching, incendiary debut combines the espionage novels of John le Carré with the racial complexity of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love? It's 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She's brilliant, but she's also a young black woman working in an old boys' club. Her career has stalled out, she's overlooked for every high-profile squad, and her days are filled with monotonous paperwork. So when she's given the opportunity to join a shadowy task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the charismatic revolutionary president of Burkina Faso whose Communist ideology has made him a target for American intervention, she says yes. Yes, even though she secretly admires the work Sankara is doing for his country. Yes, even though she is still grieving the mysterious death of her sister, whose example led Marie to this career path in the first place. Yes, even though a furious part of her suspects she's being offered the job because of her appearance and not her talent. In the year that follows, Marie will observe Sankara, seduce him, and ultimately have a hand in the coup that will bring him down. But doing so will change everything she believes about what it means to be a spy, a lover, a sister, and a good American. Inspired by true events—Thomas Sankara is known as "Africa's Che Guevara"—American Spy knits together a gripping spy thriller, a heartbreaking family drama, and a passionate romance. This is a face of the Cold War you've never seen before, and it introduces a powerful new literary voice. Advance praise for American Spy "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
Summary
A Cold War FBI intelligence officer joins an undercover task force to seduce a revolutionary African Communist president she secretly admires and comes to love
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New York Times Notable Book, 2019
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10755054
Cataloging source
BT
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1984-
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Wilkinson, Lauren
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3623.I55276
Literary form
fiction
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dictionaries
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OverDrive, Inc
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True
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  • Sankara, Thomas
  • Intelligence officers
  • African American women
  • Burkina Faso
Target audience
adult
Label
American spy : a novel, Lauren Wilkinson, (electronic resource eBook)
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http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=210&titleID=4239792
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First edition.
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1 online resource.
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electronic
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9780812998962
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computer
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rdamedia
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remote
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  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
  • Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
  • Format: OverDrive Read
  • Requires Adobe Digital Editions
Label
American spy : a novel, Lauren Wilkinson, (electronic resource eBook)
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=210&titleID=4239792
Publication
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unknown
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource.
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unknown
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780812998962
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • bc
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66a0fc88-2277-4596-83f8-25941217ceab
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System details
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
  • Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
  • Format: OverDrive Read
  • Requires Adobe Digital Editions

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