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Akin

Akin (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Donoghue, Emma

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Noah Selvaggio is a retired chemistry professor and widower living on the Upper West Side, but born in the South of France. He is days away from his long-awaited first trip back to Nice, prompted by a handful of puzzling photos he's discovered from his mother's wartime years. But... he receives a call from social services: Noah is the closest available relative of his eleven-year-old great-nephew, a stranger to him. Michael's mother is in prison and his father is dead of an apparent overdose: he urgently needs someone to take him in. Plagued by guilt and a feeling of duty to his dead sister (Michael's grandmother), Noah agrees to foster the kid 'just for couple of weeks' and takes him along on his visit to Nice. This unlikely duo, both feeling adrift in their lives and suffering from culture shock, argue about everything from steak frites to Snapchat. Noah is disappointed by how much Nice has changed since he left, though the sea breeze is familiar and the old buildings still charming. When sharp-eyed Michael identifies the historic Hotel Excelsior in one of Noah's photographs, they decide to check in - but once inside their luxury suite, Noah's perception of his ancestral heritage starts to crack. Shocking stories of the Nazi occupation surface: a hotel re-purposed for torture, a secret resistance movement, and Noah's mysterious mother on the front lines of history. As dark truths about this famous tourist mecca come to light, Noah learns to appreciate Michael's street-smart wit and ease with technology. He finally grasps the great risks people in all ages have taken for their kin. Written with all the tenderness and psychological intensity that made Room a huge bestseller, Akin is a heart wrenching tale of an old man and a boy, born two generations apart, who unpick their family's painful story and start to write a new one together.
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ISBN 9781529019971
Released AU 24 Sep 2019
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781529019971
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; delivery usually 15-20 working days due to covid19 delays
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Released 24 Sep 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Donoghue, Emma
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 27mm
Dewey Code 823.92
Weight 462g
Interest Age 18+ years
Reading Age 18+ years
Library of Congress Riviera France - Fiction
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade

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