- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books (June 6 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1507203381
- ISBN-13: 978-1507203385
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 476 g
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Small Treasons Hardcover – Jun 6 2017
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"An excellent, suspenseful ride... Powell digs deeply into some heavy themes, exploring pervasive violence and the startling path to radicalization that disaffected teens can find themselves on. In this well-constructed and believable story, there’s no easy way out for any of the characters. Readers will be eager to find out how these lyrical and tense stories entwine, and they eventually do, with surprising but inevitable results." (Publishers Weekly on Small Treasons)
“Impossible to put down, Echolocation is the best work of Mark Powell’s young career, and brings all of his prodigious talents to bear on his most compelling story yet. An up-to-the-minute exploration of our political climate and the violence, both physical and emotional, that results from it.” (James Scott, author of The Kept)
“A brilliant novelist at the top of his game. Echolocation achieves that rare balance between complexity and pacing, a story rich and intricate, propulsive and satisfying. Mark Powell has been the South’s best-kept secret for far too long.” (David Joy, author of Where All Light Tends To Go)
“This terrifying novel is a work of genius. I couldn’t stop reading it, but I had to adjust to the world inside the book, which unnerved me much more than my actual trips to Syria did. Be careful as you read it, but for God’s sake, read it. Powell is something else. Whew.” (Dennis Covington, author of Salvation on Sand Mountain)
"Both richly regional and ambitiously international in scope, Echolocation probes the murky depths of a troubled marriage, moving between the personal and political with lyrical ease. Powell’s characters—flawed, contemplative, and viscerally alive—pine for meaningful communication as they struggle to ground their identities in a complex world. As intimate perspectives converge into a masterful plot, Echolocation delivers brutal truths about contemporary global politics—but not without a note of cautious hope.” (Julia Elliott, author of The Wilds)
About the Author
Mark Powell is the author of four previous novels, including The Sheltering. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, and in 2014 was a Fulbright Fellow to Slovakia. In 2009, he received the Chaffin Award for contributions to Appalachian literature. He holds degrees from Yale Divinity School, the University of South Carolina, and The Citadel. He lives in the mountains of North Carolina, where he teaches at Appalachian State University.
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In SMALL TREASONS, Powell blasts the fallacy that there aren't social, personal, and spiritual consequences for our country's wars in the Middle East and struggles with terrorism. He snatches these fears, mostly distant, largely experienced on screens, and drags them home: a radical leader teaches at a quaint southern college campus. Placing a terrorist training camp in southern Appalachia in particular is brilliant. Among the many engaging plot lines in SMALL TREASONS, Powell pulls off the full radicalization of a young Muslim man from Atlanta. He does this not only convincingly, he makes it flat out page-turning. Few writers can do that, even less when writing about a culture other than their own.
The plot races toward a heart-breaking, earned yet unexpected climax that has stuck with me for its force, sadness, and haunting redemption. SMALL TREASONS floored me. Powell is one of the best writers of his generation, and I'm certain he has many more fine novels ahead of him. But first, please get your hands on a copy of SMALL TREASONS.
Her husband John, now a professor at a small college, has a bit of an obsession, too, his being with the past. He can’t shake an incident that happened at his previous job and he still mourns his dead first wife and his grown daughter who he hasn’t seen or talked to in many years. James Stone, a man John worked with at his old job, is pressuring him to turn over files of another professor, Professor Edward Hadawi. The FBI is investigating Professor Hadawi in connection with an extremist religious group. If John doesn’t turn the files over, James Stone is threatening to bring to light what happened at John’s previous job.
Stone is not only looking for Professor Hadawi but also for a young man named Reed Sharma. Reed is being groomed to be a terrorist bomber. The growing connections between Tess, John, James Stone and Reed Sharma make up the backbone of this compelling novel.
This is a very suspenseful political thriller and very well-written. The characters are very well developed and I cared about them all. The most disturbing section was watching how Reed Sharma is convinced that becoming a terrorist bomber has great meaning. It’s a chilling section and very disturbing. The author smoothly moves between the interconnected stories – from Reed’s transformation to the personal issues in Tess and John’s marriage to the political undertakings. It’s a wonderfully written timely novel about obsession, faith and violence amidst our current political climate. There were sections that moved a bit slowly but three quarters of the way in, there was no stopping this story. The suspense in the last quarter of the book was quite nerve wracking. I’ll definitely be looking for more of this author’s work.
This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.
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