Exiles in America

Exiles in America

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Zack Knowles and Daniel Wexler have been together for twenty-one years. Zack is a psychiatrist, Daniel an art teacher at a college in Virginia. In the fall of 2002, a few months before the Iraq War, a new artist in residence, Abbas Rohani, arrives with his Russian wife, Elena, and their two children.

But Abbas is not quite what he seems, and soon he and Daniel begin an affair. After love throws the two families together, politics threatens the future of both in ways no one could have predicted.

A novel that explores how the personal becomes political, Exiles in America offers an intimate look at the meaning of marriage, gay and straight, and demonstrates the breathtaking skill and daring imagination that have garnered Christopher Bram widespread critical acclaim.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2006.
ISBN: 9780061138348
0061138347
Characteristics: 369 p. ;,24 cm.

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goldenbeetle
May 15, 2019

Plot: This book deals with Zack, a psychiatrist, and his lover-artist, Daniel. Also, Daniel's love for Abbas who is his neighborly neighbor. The natural rise and fall of passion of the psych-artist's relationship hold underlying stresses that pushes Daniel to do something in hopes to recreate feelings he had once felt. Both Zack and Daniel struggle all throughout the book--testing their trust--eventually, and roughly learning how to be with each other. Never truly comfortable with each other.

Opinion: I love Zack. He gives so much and receives so little and expects nothing in the end.
The characters are deeply flawed (even Zack) and it broke my heart to read what they had to go through.
Realistic, hurtful, and touching...Christopher Bram captures what it means to live a life.

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