8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 in
March 4, 2014
Large Print Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1594136866
ISBN - 13: 9781594136863
From the Publisher
Stegner Fellow, Iowa MFA, and winner of the" Atlantic"'s emerging writer contest, Anthony Marra has written a brilliant debut novel that brings to life an abandoned hospital where a tough-minded doctor decides to harbour a hunted young girl, with powerful consequences.
In the final days of December 2004, in a small rural village in Chechnya, 8-year-old Havaa hides in the woods when her father is abducted by Russian forces. Fearing for her life, she flees with their neighbour Akhmed to the bombed-out hospital, where Sonya, the one remaining doctor, treats a steady stream of wounded rebels and refugees. Over the course of 5 dramatic days, Akhmed and Sonya reach back into their pasts to unravel the intricate mystery of coincidence, betrayal and forgiveness that unexpectedly binds them and decides their fate.
With "The English Patient"'s dramatic sweep and "The Tiger's Wife"'s expert sense of place, Marra gives us a searing debut about the transcendent power of love in wartime, and how it can cause us to become greater than we ever thought possible.
About the Author
Anthony Marra graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA, and the Iowa Writers Workshop with an MFA. He is 2011-2013 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Marra has contributed pieces to The Atlantic, Narrative Magazine, and MAKE Magazine. Anthony Marra's short story "Chechnya" won a 2010 Pushcart Prize and the 2010 Narrative Prize. Marra's debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, was published in May 2013 by Hogarth Crown, and later longlisted for the National Book Award. The novel received the inaugural John Leonard Prize given by the National Book Critics Circle for a first book.