The incendiaries A Novel

by Kwon, Heonik, 1962-

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Summary
Now a National Bestseller

"Religion, politics, and love collide in this slim but powerful novel reminiscent of Donna Tartt's The Secret History, with menace and mystery lurking in every corner." -- People Magazine

"The most buzzed-about debut of the summer, as it should be...unusual and enticing ... The Incendiaries arrives at precisely the right moment." -- The Washington Post

"Radiant...A dark, absorbing story of how first love can be as intoxicating and dangerous as religious fundamentalism." -- New York Times Book Review

A powerful, darkly glittering novel of violence, love, faith, and loss, as a young woman at an elite American university is drawn into a cult's acts of terrorism.

Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet in their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who doesn't tell anyone she blames herself for her mother's recent death. Will is a misfit scholarship boy who transfers to Edwards from Bible college, waiting tables to get by. What he knows for sure is that he loves Phoebe.

Grieving and guilt-ridden, Phoebe is drawn into a secretive cult founded by a charismatic former student with an enigmatic past. When the group commits a violent act in the name of faith, Will finds himself struggling to confront a new version of the fanaticism he's worked so hard to escape. Haunting and intense, The Incendiaries is a fractured love story that explores what can befall those who lose what they love most.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Looming death, missing parents, God, and reinvention turn an unlikely pair, Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall, into lovers at privileged Edwards University in upstate New York. In the fresh, transformative independence that is college life, Phoebe can forget her aching connection to the piano, hide her debilitating guilt over her mother's tragic death, and eschew her estranged father's religion. Will, who transfers from a small Bible college on scholarship, finds distance from his failed adoration of God, worry about his ever-fragile mother, and dismissal of his father. Will's hunger, physical and emotional, is magnetic, holding the desperate lovers together until dropout John Leal a savior to some, a charlatan to others, with his zealous stories of horrific imprisonment in a North Korean gulag invades their orbit, and violence implodes their bond. Kwon's debut has all the elements of what should be a stupendous success exquisite prose, vivid characterizations, and astute observations yet somewhere between spark and explosion, the narrative strays unnecessarily from the essential, then becomes overly elliptical to provide a persuasive finale.--Hong, Terry Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Written in dazzling, spare prose, Kwon's debut tells the fractured story of three young people looking for something to believe in while attending the prestigious Edwards University. There's Will Kendall, a one-time "kid evangelist" who transferred from a Bible college after losing his faith in God. He soon meets-and falls in love with-Pheobe Lin, a Korean-American pianist wrestling with the death of her mother in an accident for which she blames herself. And then there's John Leal, a charismatic cult leader and former Edwards student who claims to have been held captive in North Korea; he offers Phoebe the supposedly noble cause she craves. Will watches in horror as Phoebe joins Leal's so-called Jejah, a circle of quasi-religious radicals that soon sinks into right-wing terrorism targeting abortion clinics. Phoebe disappears following a fatal accident involving members of her group, leaving Will to untangle Leal's web of deceit and find out what happened to Phoebe. Kwon's novel expertly addresses questions of faith and identity while managing to be formally inventive in its construction (the stream-of-consciousness style, complete with leaps between characters, amplifies the subject matter). In this intriguing cult story, Kwon thoroughly explores her characters' motivations, making for an urgent and disarming debut. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Cults -- Fiction.
Domestic terrorism -- Fiction.
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Penguin Publishing Group2018.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9780735213913
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