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Written as an open letter to Osama bin Laden from a distraught woman whose husband and son were killed in a massive suicide bombing, Incendiary was published in the UK on July 7, 2005 - eerily, the day of the London underground bombings. It went on to win the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award; was shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize; won the United States’ Book-of-the-Month Club’s First Fiction Award; and won the Prix Special du Jury at the French Prix des Lecteurs 2007.
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By judy wiley on 09-27-17
A perfect title!
I fell in love with Cleave's writing when listening to "Everyone Brave is Forgiven". It was an "MP3 & available now" book from my public library. So it was serendipity rather than choice. I have been recommending it to all my reader friends. "Incendiary" is not for the faint-of-heart, you have to be as forgiving and secure as the teller of the tale. Cleave's writing is amazing! This open letter to Osama is full of little details of everyday life, pain, humor, and love in the midst of the horror of terrorism and trauma. Tracy-Ann Oberman should get more than 5 stars for her remarkable narration. She made the book come alive. Her rapid and gifted switch from character to character floored me!
By Beth Hall on 03-27-13
Would you consider the audio edition of Incendiary to be better than the print version?
Hearing this story told with the perfect British accent makes a great story, that much better.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Incendiary?
Waking up holding hands with Petra
Any additional comments?
Amazing story. I want more.
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