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The Shooting (Paperback)

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    This is one of the most important books of the year for its hyperbolic twist at America: American Culture is Gun Culture and there's no getting around it. This (only slightly exaggerated) world is what Boice's characters inhabit, their lives (like ours) kept safe only by a thin veneer of chance, oft times reduced to the moment of their tragedy. Boice's writing is strikes you like a stray bullet, and doesn't let your attention stray.

    — From Ashanti


    Meet the most hated woman in America: Jenny Sanders (also known as the country's most successful gun control advocate). On her way to New York City, to the site of yet another shooting, she encounters one of her many opponents. Their shocking collision will plunge you directly into the world of James Boice's fourth and most urgent novel.
    It begins with Lee Fisher, a boy raised as a patriot and native son who cannot escape the influence of his troubled father. The heir to a massive family fortune, Lee struggles to find his place in the world. By the time a stranger walks through the unlocked door of his New York City penthouse, Lee is as terrified by his own isolation as he is by the threat posed by the intruder. The stranger unarmed teenager Clayton Kabede carries with him an immigrant story as profound as the American experience itself.
    Refugees and militia men, Russian physicists and inner city teens, Rikers Island inmates and Second Amendment repealists, beat cops and $1000-per-hour defense attorneys James Boice delivers an unprecedented portrait of contemporary America through the prism of a single shooting.

    About the Author

    James Boice is the author of three previous novels, "MVP, NoVA," and "The Good and the Ghastly," all published by Scribner. His work has appeared in "Esquire, McSweeney's, Salt Hill, Fiction Magazine," and "Writer's Digest," among other places. In 2006 he was selected as the New Voice in the "Esquire" 100. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9781939419743
    ISBN-10: 1939419743
    Publisher: Unnamed Press
    Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
    Pages: 300
    Language: English