An Expensive Education

An Expensive Education

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A remarkable new novel from Nick McDonell, "An Expensive Education" cuts between the African bush and Harvard - taking its readers deep inside this iconic university and the inner workings of the American intelligence service. Professor Susan Lowell has it made. A happily married mother of two in a tenure-track job at Harvard, she has just won a Pulitzer Prize for her book lionizing Hatashil, an East African freedom fighter. David Ayan is her singular Somali-born student. He is trying to become a member of one of Harvard's elite finals clubs. He is trying to understand Jane, his girlfriend from a privileged background. He is trying, sometimes, just to get by in a foreign place. Michael Teak is a twenty-five-year-old Harvard graduate working as an American intelligence operative who meets Hatashil in David's homestead, minutes before the massacre that will upend all their lives. Moving from a decimated Somalian village to Harvard's dormitories, drinking holes and exclusive fraternities, "An Expensive Education" is a powerful portrait of personalities ensnared in the African conflict, and of the troubled intersection of ivory-tower academia and realpolitik.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 22mm | 346g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1848870620
  • 9781848870628
  • 652,538

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"'One of the most exciting new writers around.' Independent on Sunday 'His talent is remarkable... it is astonishing.' Suzanne Harrington, Irish Examiner 'Nick McDonell is a true stylist.' David Mattin, Independent on Sunday"

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About Nick McDonell

Nick McDonell was born in 1984 in New York City. A graduate of Harvard University, he is the author of two previous novels, Twelve and The Third Brother.

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