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Fourteen-year-old Job Hammon ekes out an itinerant existence in the Pacific Northwest, in a not-too-distant future where China and other industrial economies have become primary world powers, and the United States has become a fractured, post-industrial wasteland. When Job learns that the mother he'd thought had died years before had actually left to seek work in Asia, he emigrates there in hopes of finding her and finding a better life. Set to a backdrop of such issues as immigration, industrialization, and climate displacement, East offers a harrowing and all-too-possible glimpse at a post-American diaspora struggling to find a new place in the world.
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About the Author
Kirk Kjeldsen received an MFA from USC and is currently an assistant professor in the cinema program at VCU’s School of the Arts. His first novel, Tomorrow City, was named one of the ten best books of 2013 by the New Jersey Star-Ledger. He also adapted the poetry of Tarjei Vesaas into the feature film Gavagai, directed by Rob Tregenza. He lives in Germany with his wife and two children.