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By Philip Caputo

Vintage, Paperback, 9780679768388, 368pp.

Publication Date: May 26, 1998


 In this startling new work of fiction, the acclaimed author of A Rumor of War creates three powerful dramas of dislocation, following his characters places they have no business being and into situations that are vastly—and dangerously—beyond their depth.

In the Connecticut suburbs, a motherless young man suddenly becomes the beneficiary of a wealthy older couple, whose generosity has unsuspected motives and a sinister price.  On an island in Australia's Torres Strait, an enigmatic castaway throws kinks into the local culture and sexual politics.  And in the jungles of Vietnam, four American soldiers undertake a mystical search for a man-eating tiger.  Filled with atmospheric tension, crackling with psychological observation, and evoking masters from Joseph Conrad to Robert Stone, Exiles is a riveting literary experience.

About the Author
Philip Caputo is the author of fifteen books, including the classic Vietnam War memoir A Rumor of War and the novel Horn of Africa, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. His most recent book is The Longest Road. As a journalist, Caputo won the Pulitzer Prize and has published work in the New York Times, Washington Post, Esquire, and National Geographic, among other publications.

Praise For Exiles

"As good an introduction to Philip Caputo as one can find." - The New York Times Book Review

"Breathtaking... a tour de force of impassioned prose." - Baltimore Sun

"Caputo is a splendid muscular storyteller... Exiles is remarkable and often harrowing." - Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Extraordinary... a kaleidoscope made up of nothing but exiles." - The New York Times