Omar El Akkad

Omar El Akkad was born in Cairo, Egypt and grew up in Doha, Qatar until he moved to Canada with his family when he was 16 years old. He is an award-winning journalist and author who has worked primarily for the Globe and Mail and has traveled around the world to cover many of the most important news stories of the last decade. He is the recipient of Canada’s National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting and the Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Canadian Journalists, as well as three National Magazine Award honourable mentions. His first novel, American War was published in 2017, and was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the 2018 Amazon First Novel Award, and a contender for the 2018 Canada Reads. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter.

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American War

Penguin Random House

American War follows the story of Sarat Chestnut and her family, as citizens in the United States are turned into refugees by global warming, a deadly plague and a second American Civil War in the late 21st century. American War asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself.

Globe and Mail review.