This novel is about war in the twentieth century, at the end of a long millennium of war. May we demand, and build, a better peace.
This novel is about the conflict between black people and white people in America, four centuries after the first Dutch vessel emptied its cargo of African slaves onto a beach in Virginia.
This novel is about four war victims: a midwife who has been emotionally battered, a soldier who has been emotionally bludgeoned, a petrochemical engineer who seeks ways not to exist, and a Polish refugee from Hitler’s war whose twig-thin fingers carve voluptuous sculptures in West Indian mahogany.
This novel, like it or not, is about us.