- ISBN 9780393325737 / 0393325733
- Title Due Preparations for the Plague
- Author Janette Turner Hospital
- Category Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)
- Format Paperback
- Year 2004
- Pages 432
- Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
- Language English
- Dimensions 140mm x 27mm x 210mm
When the lives of two strangers become connected by the tragic loss of parents in a hijacked Paris-New York flight, they find themselves entangled in a web of terror, death, and betrayal.
Janette Turner Hospital's electrifying novel chronicles the lives of two strangers connected by the tragic loss of parents in a hijacked Paris-New York flight. As an adult, Samantha, one of the children set free by the terrorists, has become obsessed with the hijacking. Under the guise of her senior thesis, she pulls Lowell, the son of a victim, into a web of terror, death, and betrayal that he has spent his adult life trying to forget. Hospital's electrifying novel is a tightly woven web of familial and national histories, of sexual and political passions, and of individual and national complicities in the age of terrorism. She probes with astonishing acuity the murky worlds of espionage and intelligence gathering, and the painful meaning of survival.
Unputdownable...does for the post-September 11 era what John le Carre did for the Cold War.
Janette Turner Hospital received Australia's Patrick White Award for lifetime literary achievement, and is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of South Carolina. She lives in Columbia, South Carolina.