American spy: A Novel

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"American Spy updates the espionage thriller with blazing originality."—Entertainment Weekly"Will snatch your summer away. There has never been anything like it."—Marlon James, GQ"So much fun . . . Like the best of John le Carré, it's extremely tough to put down."—NPRNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2019 (SO FAR) BY Time Esquire Vulture VogueReal SimpleWhat if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love? It's 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She's brilliant, but she's also a young black woman working in an old boys' club. Her career has stalled out, she's overlooked for every high-profile squad, and her days are filled with monotonous paperwork. So when she's given the opportunity to join a shadowy task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the charismatic revolutionary president of Burkina Faso whose Communist ideology has made him a target for American intervention, she says yes. Yes, even though she secretly admires the work Sankara is doing for his country. Yes, even though she is still grieving the mysterious death of her sister, whose example led Marie to this career path in the first place. Yes, even though a furious part of her suspects she's being offered the job because of her appearance and not her talent. In the year that follows, Marie will observe Sankara, seduce him, and ultimately have a hand in the coup that will bring him down. But doing so will change everything she believes about what it means to be a spy, a lover, a sister, and a good American. Inspired by true events—Thomas Sankara is known as "Africa's Che Guevara"—American Spy knits together a gripping spy thriller, a heartbreaking family drama, and a passionate romance. This is a face of the Cold War you've never seen before, and it introduces a powerful new literary voice.Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize"Inspired by real events, this espionage thriller ticks all the right boxes, delivering a sexually charged interrogation of both politics and race."Esquire "Echoing the stoic cynicism of Hurston and Ellison, and the verve of Conan Doyle, American Spy lays our complicities—political, racial, and sexual—bare. Packed with unforgettable characters, it's a stunning book, timely as it is timeless."—Paul Beatty, Man Booker Prizewinning author of The Sellout
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display_description "American Spy updates the espionage thriller with blazing originality."—Entertainment Weekly
"Will snatch your summer away. There has never been anything like it."—Marlon James, GQ
"So much fun . . . Like the best of John le Carré, it's extremely tough to put down."—NPR
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2019 (SO FAR) BY Time Esquire Vulture VogueReal Simple
What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love?

It's 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She's brilliant, but she's also a young black woman working in an old boys' club. Her career has stalled out, she's overlooked for every high-profile squad, and her days are filled with monotonous paperwork. So when she's given the opportunity to join a shadowy task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the charismatic revolutionary president of Burkina Faso whose Communist ideology has made him a target for American intervention, she says yes. Yes, even though she secretly admires the work Sankara is doing for his country. Yes, even though she is still grieving the mysterious death of her sister, whose example led Marie to this career path in the first place. Yes, even though a furious part of her suspects she's being offered the job because of her appearance and not her talent.
In the year that follows, Marie will observe Sankara, seduce him, and ultimately have a hand in the coup that will bring him down. But doing so will change everything she believes about what it means to be a spy, a lover, a sister, and a good American.
Inspired by true events—Thomas Sankara is known as "Africa's Che Guevara"—American Spy knits together a gripping spy thriller, a heartbreaking family drama, and a passionate romance. This is a face of the Cold War you've never seen before, and it introduces a powerful new literary voice.

Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

"Inspired by real events, this espionage thriller ticks all the right boxes, delivering a sexually charged interrogation of both politics and race."Esquire
"Echoing the stoic cynicism of Hurston and Ellison, and the verve of Conan Doyle, American Spy lays our complicities—political, racial, and sexual—bare. Packed with unforgettable characters, it's a stunning book, timely as it is timeless."—Paul Beatty, Man Booker Prizewinning author of The Sellout
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subject_facet African American women -- Fiction
Burkina Faso -- History -- Coup d'ťat, 1987 -- Fiction
Historical fiction
Intelligence officers -- Fiction
Sankara, Thomas -- Fiction
Spy stories
title_display American spy : a novel
title_full American Spy A Novel
American spy : a novel / Lauren Wilkinson
title_short American spy :
title_sub A Novel
topic_facet African American Fiction
African American women
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History
Intelligence officers
Sankara, Thomas
Thriller