Preparation for the Next Life / Atticus Lish.
Winner of the 2015 Penn/Faulkner award.
Author Atticus Lish brings forth his readers’ empathy and understanding while unravelling this story wrought with difficult truths. … “Preparation for the Next Life is a document of the undocumented and an unlikely love story between a Chinese Muslim immigrant, Zou Lei, and a traumatized Iraq War veteran, Skinner. [The book] forces readers to look squarely at a host of the failures plaguing contemporary American society.” (Penn/Faulkner award review, 4/7/15).
In creating this attention worthy novel, author Atticus Lish referenced his “brief” tour of duty with the Marines and his passion for teaching/studying the Chinese language.