Into the Sun


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5.2 X 7.9 X 1.1 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Deni Ellis Béchard is the author of the novel Vandal Love, and Cures for Hunger, a memoir. His work has appeared in the LA Times, Salon, and Foreign Policy, and he has reported from Afghanistan, India, Rwanda, and Iraq.


Praise for Into the Sun

"Into the Sun is a ferociously intelligent and intensely gripping portrait of the expatriate community in Kabul--the idealists, mercenaries, aid workers, and journalists circling around a war offering them promises of purpose, redemption, or cash, while the local Afghans in their orbit negotiate the ever-changing and ever-dangerous politics of the latter stages of the American war in Afghanistan. Brilliant."--Phil Klay, National Book Award-winning author of Redeployment

"Deni Ellis Bechard's Into the Sun is an ambitious novel that succeeds on all levels. It's a riveting mystery-thriller that also probes deeper into the nature of war and the ways in which it attracts and transforms some people. Into the Sun has the propulsive force of a car bomb in the bloodstream, quickening the reader's pulse at every turn, right up to the very last page."--David Abrams, author of Fobbit

"Into the Sun is the sort of book I'm always hungry for ? the serious novel in which the guns literally go off. Béchard makes me think of Graham Greene and Robert Stone, which is heady company, indeed."--Richard Ford

"Into the Sun is a story of haunting beauty rendered from the legacy of the war in Afghanistan. In scope and skill, Béchard's portrait of those who are both drawn to and entangled by conflict is reminiscent of the best works of Graham Greene and Philip Caputo. This novel is a fitting paean to the wrecked souls of an endless war"--Elliot Ackerman, author of Green on Blue

"Into the Sun is ambitious, elegant and filled with a kind of ferocious intelligence. Béchard explores the culture of the war zone, creating a compelling picture of that dark and turbulent place."--Roxana Robinson, author of Sparta

"We wake from this book as witnesses to Kabul, to America and to the crimes of men who need destruction to find definition and women desperate to understand. Béchard is channeling Melville and Conrad, their oceans and rivers replaced with dust and smoke. There are sentences on these pages that will be quoted in universities and taped to newsroom desks for a century."--Benjamin Busch, author of Dust to Dust

"Into the Sun is one of the finest novels I've read in years, an unrelenting and daring masterpiece about war, the quest for understanding after tragedy, and the power of human yearning for connection. Deni Ellis Bechard has delivered a vital book that will change the way you see the world."--Jesse Goolsby, author of I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them

"An ambitious and nuanced story about a small group of friends in Kabul in the wake of 9/11. . . . Into the Sun is an insightful and affecting look into the lives of those who risk everything to help the people of Afghanistan and tell their stories."--Kirkus

"Interweaving elements of combat journalism with mystery fiction in this riveting tale, Béchard's multilayered plot draws a vivid and timely portrait of contemporary, war-torn Afghanistan."--Booklist

"Into The Sun is by turns a searing, moving, and tense examination of the expatriate community in the aftermath of war. In tight, evocative prose, Béchard draws readers into a fiery narrative replete with characters seeking connection and salvation."--Consequence

"Béchard is the rare writer who knows the secret to telling the true story."--Marlon James