Preparation for the Next Life (Paperback)
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Preparation for the Next Life (Paperback)

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In post-9/11 New York, Zou Lei is an illegal immigrant from northwest China. Forced to work fourteen-hour days and live in squalor, she nevertheless embraces the many freedoms her adopted homeland has to offer. Damaged by three tours in Iraq, veteran Brad Skinner comes to New York with the sole intention of partying as hard as he can in order to forget what he's seen. Impulsive and angry, Skinner's re-entry into civilian life seems doomed. But when he meets Zou Lei they discover that new beginnings may be possible for both of them, that is if they can survive homelessness, lockup and Skinner's post-traumatic stress disorder. Set in the underbelly of New York, Preparation for the Next Life exposes an America as seen from the fringes of society in devastating detail and destroys the myth of the American Dream through two of the most remarkable characters in contemporary fiction.

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781780748337

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“Outstanding - a truly impressive piece of writing by a prize-winning novelist”

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6th August 2015
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“Searingly brilliant - the best novel I read in 2015 by far”

I will just start with saying that this is the best debut novel that I have read, perhaps ever and admitting that it has taken me perhaps a year to actually write this review, so awed was I (am I) by the book.

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