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The Last War

A Novel

Ana Menendez

Hardcover

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Paperback (6/29/2010)

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"Exquisitely crafted. . . strikingly real and heartfelt." —Denver Post

“[A] potent literary novel . . . A deft portrait of an estranged couple whose pain is veiled by the fog of war.” —People

A breathtaking novel of love, war, and betrayal from the critically acclaimed author of Loving Che and the New York Times Notable Book, In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd. From the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq to the strange, shimmering streets of Istanbul, The Last War is a “seductive meditation” (O, The Oprah Magazine) on cruelty and violence, love and identity from Pushcart Prize-winning author Ana Menéndez.



Praise For The Last War: A Novel

“Crisscrossed with exotic shadows, memories of romance and displacement, Ana Menéndez’s new novel, The Last War, is a seductive meditation.”
— O, The Oprah Magazine

“Menéndez’s descriptions of the city are haunting and shadowy. . . . A precise and subtle book, full of finely realized flashbacks, the narrator’s memories of a marriage and detailed descriptions of Istanbul and of the experience of adjusting to another home, another culture.”
Miami Herald

“[A] potent literary novel . . . A deft portrait of an estranged couple whose pain is veiled by the fog of war.”
People

“[An] impressionistic and introspective tale . . . Menéndez offers astute and perceptive commentary on both the hidden and obvious effects of war and its aftermath.”
Booklist

“Poetic, atmospheric, and introspective . . . A quietly piercing cultural and philosophical think-piece, comparable in its low-key, allusive moodiness to a European art-house movie.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Menendez shows with unblinking honesty in her self-assured second novel The Last War how in conflict and its aftermath journalists can find or lose themselves. . . . Mendendez’s deep wisdom about people and their relationships is the payoff that always makes this insightful author worth reading.”
— St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“An exquisitely crafted work . . . A novel, lyrically written, that feels strikingly real and heartfelt, a narrative by a woman destroying herself with imagination and doubt.”
Denver Post

“Menendez is a skilled novelist - even admirers of her acclaimed short story collection, In Cuba I was a German Shepherd or her earlier novel, Loving Che, will be impressed with the deepening maturity of her writing. . . . [A] fully convincing psychological portrait.”
— South Florida Sun Sentinel

“Ana Menendez’s The Last War offers us a moving and probing portrait of lovers and media warriors in this poignant and touching novel of crumbling friendships and marriages--betrayals, large and small--in a dicey and dangerous world.”
— Edwidge Danticat, author of Breath, Eyes, Memory and Brother, I'm Dying

Praise for IN CUBA I WAS A GERMAN SHEPHERD: “A raucous, heartfelt debut...Deft, talented and hilarious....”
— Junot Diaz

Praise for IN CUBA I WAS A GERMAN SHEPHERD: “Powerful... A bright debut that points to even brighter accomplishments to come.”
— Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

Praise for IN CUBA I WAS A GERMAN SHEPHERD: “Menendez taps into [a] wellspring of broken promises and unfulfilled desires and gives us a ... peek at ... the Cuban-American experience.”
Miami Herald

Praise for LOVING CHE: “[Loving Che] puts [Menendez] in the company of other Latino writers such as Junot Diaz and Sandra Cisneros.”
— Vanity Fair

Praise for LOVING CHE: “A tart fable about history and identity that is equal parts detective story, travelogue and fever dream...Inventive and hypnotic...[An] evanescent pas de deux.”
— Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Powerful. . . . A bright debut that points to even brighter accomplishments to come.”
— Michiko Kakutani, New York Times on In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd

“Menendez taps into [a] wellspring of broken promises and unfulfilled desires and gives us a . . . peek at . . . the Cuban-American experience.”
— Miami Herald on In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd

“A tart fable about history and identity that is equal parts detective story, travelogue and fever dream. . . . Inventive and hypnotic. . . . [An] evanescent pas de deux.”
— Los Angeles Times Book Review on Loving Che

“[Loving Che] puts [Menendez] in the company of other Latino writers such as Junot Diaz and Sandra Cisneros.”
— Vanity Fair on Loving Che

“[The Last War] speaks to Ana Menéndez’s maturity--as a woman and a writer. . . . A character study of those who have found their purpose in bearing witness to bloodshed.”
New York Times Book Review

Harper, 9780061724763, 240pp.

Publication Date: May 26, 2009



About the Author

Ana Menéndez is a 2008 Fulbright scholar and the Pushcart Prize-winning author of two works of fiction, In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd, which was a New York Times Notable Book, and Loving Che. She has worked as a columnist for the Miami Herald and has also contributed to The New Republic, the New York Times, and Gourmet, as well as several anthologies. She lives in Miami, Florida.