An Expensive Education

An Expensive Education

A Novel

Book - 2009
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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 takes his readers into Harvard--through its dormitories and dining halls, into its elite finals clubs and lecture halls, and within the offices of its ambitious professors--giving us an incredibly authentic insider's view of this illustrious university. 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 troubledintersection of ivory academia and realpolitik.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802118936
Branch Call Number: FIC McDo
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 22 cm


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Jan 10, 2015

Not a book to be read over a wide time lag as many names need to be remembered in relation to the central character. Chapters alternate with storylines, but in the end all merge. Took a while to get into the young author's style of writing and the life of the characters he is portraying. Not a positive portrayal of the students of ivy league universities and the "F" word abounds. Good thriller, a man's story, about covert American actions in Africa.

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