The Last War

The Last War

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"Exquisitely crafted. . . strikingly real and heartfelt." --Denver Post

"[A] potent literary novel . . . A deft portrait of an estranged couple whose pain is veiled by the fog of war." --People

A breathtaking novel of love, war, and betrayal from the critically acclaimed author of Loving Che and the New York Times Notable Book, In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd. From the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq to the strange, shimmering streets of Istanbul, The Last War is a "seductive meditation" (O, The Oprah Magazine) on cruelty and violence, love and identity from Pushcart Prize-winning author Ana Menendez.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 225 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 17.78mm | 181.44g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061724777
  • 9780061724770
  • 2,093,235

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Photojournalist Flash chases conflicts around the globe with her war correspondent husband, Brando. Now Brando is in Iraq awaiting her arrival, but instead of racing to join him, Flash idles in Istanbul, vaguely aware that her marriage is faltering. Her malaise is compounded by the arrival of a mysterious letter revealing Brando's infidelity--and by the sudden appearance of Alexandra, a fierce and captivating colleague who shared dangerous days with the couple in Afghanistan. As Flash spirals deeper into regret, anger, and indecision, she wonders if she and Brando were ever really happy--as she's forced to confront long-buried secrets and hard truths about her world, her marriage, her husband, and herself.
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Review quote

"Poetic, atmospheric, and introspective . . . A quietly piercing cultural and philosophical think-piece, comparable in its low-key, allusive moodiness to a European art-house movie."--Kirkus Reviews (starred)
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Rating details

122 ratings
3.14 out of 5 stars
5 11% (13)
4 21% (26)
3 43% (52)
2 23% (28)
1 2% (3)
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