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American spy / Lauren Wilkinson.

Wilkinson, Lauren, 1984- author. (Author).
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  • 2 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Hawley Public Library WIL (Text) 33500013014022 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library WIL (Text) 33500013014030 New Checked out 10/07/2019
Godel Memorial-Warren Library WIL (Text) 35500006136228 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780812998955
  • ISBN: 0812998952
  • Physical Description: 292 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2018]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: 1986, the heart of the Cold War. A young black woman working in an old boys' club, Marie Mitchell's FBI career has stalled out and her days are filled with monotonous paperwork. Given the opportunity to join a 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. In the year that follows Marie observes Sankara, seduces him-- and has 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. -- adapted from jacket

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 January #1
    *Starred Review* As Wilkinson's first novel begins, in 1992, Marie flees her Connecticut home with her four-year-old twin sons after narrowly escaping a murderous intruder. The assailant wasn't altogether unexpected, and her sons, Marie also expects, will want to know more someday. When they reach safety, she begins writing her story for the boys to read when they're older, starting with her Cold War girlhood in Queens with a policeman father and a steely older sister she'd follow into government work. Underrecognized while working for the FBI in 1986, Marie accepts a CIA assignment to get close to Burkina Faso president Thomas Sankara. Operating under an alias in Burkina Faso's capital, Marie is struck by how in New York she always felt her blackness preceded her Americanness, but in Africa she is an American—a foreigner—first. Brilliant Marie knows that her mission's ostensible goal of ensuring democracy can't be its only one and finds it hard to believe that well-intentioned Thomas is a dangerous dictator. Wilkinson works within the true history of Burkina Faso, blending high-stakes political drama and Marie's contemplation of the sister she lost and what her own choices will mean for her sons. Appealing in its insightful characterizations, well-plotted action, and rich settings, this should find a large audience. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Lauren Wilkinson earned an MFA in fiction and literary translation from Columbia University, and has taught writing at Columbia and the Fashion Institute of Technology. She was a 2013 Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellow, and has also received support from the MacDowell Colony and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Wilkinson grew up in New York and lives on the Lower East Side. This is her first novel.

Subject: Sankara, Thomas > Fiction.
Sankara, Thomas.
Coup d'état (Burkina Faso : 1987)
Sankara, Thomas > Fiction.
Coup d'état (Burkina Faso : 1987.)
Intelligence officers > Fiction.
African American women > Fiction.
African American women.
Intelligence officers.
Burkina Faso > History > Coup d'état, 1987 > Fiction.
Burkina Faso.
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / African American / Historical.
FICTION / Thrillers / Espionage.
African Americans.
Intelligence officers > Fiction.
African American women > Fiction.
Burkina Faso > History > Coup d'état, 1987 > Fiction.
Genre: Fiction.
Spy stories.
Spy fiction.
Historical fiction.
Spy stories.
Historical fiction.

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