An Expensive Education

An Expensive Education

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Author: McDonell, Nick
ISBN: 9781921520969
Publisher: Text Publishing
Year First Published: 2009
Pages: 296
Dimensions: 236mm x 153mm x 23mm
Format: Paperback / softback

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 recent Harvard grad working as an American intelligence operative who meets Hatashil in David's village minutes before the massacre that will upend all their lives. Nick McDonell's third novel grants readers entry to the world of Harvard - through its dormitories and dining halls, its elite finals clubs and lecture halls, and into the chambers of its ambitious professors - giving an incredibly authentic insider's view of this mythologised institution. A powerful portrait of personalities all ensnared in the African conflict and of the Harvard campus on which the debate takes place, An Expensive Education is a smart, relentless novel set at the troubled intersection of ivory academia and realpolitik.

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