American Spy (Large Print / Library Binding)

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Marie Mitchell, an intelligence officer with the FBI, is recruited to work for an organization she believes is the CIA to undermine the charismatic revolutionary leader of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara. All is not as it appears, and Marie's journey is as much about her own soul-searching as it is about her assignment. The story is unique because it places an African American woman at the center of a story of political espionage during the Cold War. It’s also based on real world events that took place in Burkina Faso. A literary thriller, a spy novel, a family drama, a romance, and more. This book was on President Obama’s summer reading list. It should appeal to a broad range of readers.

— Nick


It�s 1986. FBI agent Marie Mitchell is a young black woman in an old boys� club whose career has stalled. So given the opportunity, she joins a task force to undermine the revolutionary president of Burkina Faso. This is a face of the Cold War you�ve never seen, from a powerful new literary voice.

About the Author

Lauren Wilkinson earned an MFA in fiction and literary translation from Columbia University, and has taught writing at Columbia and the Fashion Institute of Technology. She was a 2013 Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellow, and has also received support from the MacDowell Colony and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Wilkinson grew up in New York and lives on the Lower East Side. This is her first novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781432867843
ISBN-10: 1432867849
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: September 11th, 2019
Pages: 400
Language: English