The Zero Season

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Penguin Random House Sea
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5.2 X 8.43 X 0.47 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

A professional historian and former journalist, Justin Tyler Clark lives with his family in Singapore. His personal and historical essays have appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. The Zero Season is his first novel.


Equal parts historical thriller and a lesson in profound human empathy - reminiscent of Graham Greene at his very best - The Zero Season is a rich and assured debut.

-Tod Goldberg, NY Times bestselling author of Gangsterland

One of Justin Clark's many gifts as a storyteller is the seemingly effortless way he draws the reader into a time and world so different from our own, and yet strikingly rift by the problems the world still faces. Here, we enter a Paris of the early 1950s, just starting to reluctantly face its legacies of colonialism, class, and the outdated social mores of the past. The world Clark invites us into is rich, seductive, and wholly absorbing from the first page, displaying a virtuoso range of complex characters drawn to and from one another across the chasms of culture, politics, sexuality, and loss.

-Robin Hemley, author of Oblivion: An After Autobiography and Borderline Citizen: Dispatches from the Outskirts of Nationhood

Everyone in The Zero Season is carrying around a secret, some more than one--revolutionary thoughts, radical desires--and the novel itself keeps hiding from the reader its true nature: Is it a noirish thriller set in post-War Paris? Is it a romance between two men defying cultural impediments to make possible impossible love? Is it the story of a Cambodian studying abroad who also happens to be an emerging political leader in his zero season, 'a rehearsal, before he steps onto the stage of history?' Well, Justin Clark's astonishing debut novel is all this and more: a page-turner in which dreamers resist reality, and hardened pragmatists allow themselves to hope. The Zero Season is a moving story about becoming one's true and future self.

-Peter Gadol, author of The Stranger Game