House of Stone


Product Details

Mariner Books
Publish Date
5.2 X 7.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

ANTHONY SHADID, author of Night Draws Near, gained attention and awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes, for his front-page reports in the Washington Post from Iraq and for his work as Middle East correspondent for the New York Times. On February 16, 2012, he died while on assignment in Syria.


"This is not just the Arab world's Year in Provence. It is as if Shadid has combined the breakthrough effects of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, and Frances Fitzgerald's Fire in the Lake into one enormously likeable book. It is a masterpiece." -- John Freeman, Boston Globe "Elegiac, heartbreaking . . . A book conceived as an introspective project of personal recovery -- as well as a meditation on politics, identity, craft, and beauty in the Levant -- now stands as a memorial. It is a fitting one because of the writing skill and deep feeling [Shadid] unobtrusively displays." -- Steve Coll, New York Times "An apt testament -- a moving contemplation of how the dead stay with us, and how war scrambles the narrative of family life." -- The New Yorker

"Profound, insightful, tragic, and funny . . . There is not space here to sell out all of this book's many rewards . . . The prose is ripe, the biblical landscapes vividly rendered." -- Telegraph (London)

"Shadid's great skill as a journalist was that of a master storyteller, and he's never been more effective than in his final book." -- Bookforum

"An honest-to-god, hands-down, undeniable and instant classic . . . written with levity and candor and lyricism that makes the book, improbably, both a compulsive read and one you don't want to end." -- Dave Eggers, author of A Hologram for the King