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Birds of America: Introduction by Booker Prize-Winning Author Penelope Lively
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Birds of America: Introduction by Booker Prize-Winning Author Penelope Lively (Paperback)

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'An absorbing novel about a young man's voyage into adulthood, enlivened by Mary McCarthy's needling wit' Hilary Mantel, Booker prize-winning author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies



'Fiercely intelligent, insatiably combative, McCarthy's novels invite controversy' Penelope Lively, from the introduction



Peter Levi, a shy and sensitive American teenager, moves to Paris to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War, where he is determined to live a life in harmony with his own idealistic views. But the world is changing at breakneck pace, with nuclear war looming abroad and racial tensions simmering at home. Before long, Peter's naive illusions are shattered, as he finds himself an unwilling participant in an era of extraordinary change.



Birds of America is an unforgettable and deeply moving story of personal and political turmoil; of the strange and surprising nature of growing up; and of the questions we face when we examine who we really are.



'A writer known for her wit, her glamour, and the shocking candour of her fiction' New Yorker

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionWar & combat fictionVietnam War fictionFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 01/02/2018 ISBN-13: 9780241983416  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Mary McCarthy was an American novelist, critic and political activist. Her debut novel, The Company She Keeps, launched her career as one of the most celebrated writers of her generation, a reputation bolstered by her controversial 1963 novel The Group, which topped the New York Times bestseller list for almost two years and was banned in several countries for its frank portrayal of female sexuality. McCarthy was married four times. She died in 1989.

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