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“Meek’s rich voice and eye for detail make Kellas much more than a stock character…in its unsettling last pages, We Are Now Beginning Our Descent reminds us that even the clearest image can mislead. So Meek has told us already, in a dozen different ways, in this sharply observed meditation on modern war, which turns out to be as far from Tom Clancy’s entertainments as a vintage Mini Cooper is from a snarling Hummer.”Alex Berenson, The New York Times Book Review
We Are Now Beginning Our Descent
978-1-84767-176-9 • $24.00 • Cloth • May 2008
From the author of the best-selling, universally acclaimed The People’s Act of Love comes the incisive, passionate, and timeless story of a globe-trotting journalist’s perils in the pursuit of love, set against the war zones and dinner parties of today’s discordant and bewildering world stage.
James Meek’s achievement in The People’s Act of Love was heralded in remarkable praise from around the world, and his follow-up novel, We Are Now Beginning Our Descent is a masterful, thrilling, incisive illumination of our own age.
The world around journalist and would-be novelist Adam Kellas is cracking. As a war correspondent in the Afghan mountains during post9/11 operations, Kellas reports on prescheduled surgical strikes with a nagging sense of complicity. At dinner parties in chic North London, he uneasily joins the cognoscenti debate of the wars from the comfort of their immaculate dinner tables. Divorced, unstable, spurned by his lover and publishing houses from Paris to New York, Kellas embarks on a strange and difficult journey that will lead him to a tiny rural town near the Chesapeake Bay. There, the elusive American reporter Astrid, with whom Kellas shared one passionate night, waits for him, holding a glimmer of hope for Kellas’s life but also an unsettling secret.
With the explosive drama and bold literary narrative of The People’s Act of Love, Meek’s We Are Now Beginning Our Descent spans continents, cultures, and classes, brilliantly weaving together the hypocrises, foibles, and passions of the way we live now.