- Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 304 pages
- Dimensions: 138mm x 216mm x 25mm | 354g
- Publication date: 1 September 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1848870620
- ISBN 13: 9781848870628
- Edition statement: Trade Paperback.
- Sales rank: 567,194
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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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.
"'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"