Do you believe in second
Dark at the Crossing
by Elliot Ackerman
Do you believe in second chances? Dark at the Crossing is a story about second chances, loss and destruction. The book’s author, Elliot Ackerman, will be coming to The Wild Detectives to present his book and will be joined by fellow author Ben Fountain (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk) in conversation. This is Ackerman’s second book following his success with his first impressive work of fiction, Green on Blue. Therefore, take advantage of this second chance at discovering Ackerman’s beautiful and enlightening writing and join us for a great night.
Set in the autumn of 2013 as the Syrian revolution wanes and the Islamic State rises, Dark at the Crossing is the entangled story of an Iraqi-American intent on crossing the border to fight in Syria, and a Syrian couple scarred by the revolution and the loss of their only daughter. Haris Abadi—a man in search of a cause, who earned his American citizenship as an interpreter in Iraq, makes a failed attempt to cross the border—is taken in by Amir Khalifa, a charismatic Syrian refugee and former revolutionary, and his wife Daphne, a sophisticated beauty haunted by grief. Daphne, like Haris, wants to go back to Syria; Amir, like many of his fellow countrymen, is unwilling to make the journey and despondent over the unraveling revolution. As Daphne and Haris grow closer, a single choice emerges: Who will cross the border, and who will stay?
Elliot Ackerman, author of the critically acclaimed novel Green on Blue, is based out of Istanbul where he has covered the Syrian Civil War since 2013. His second novel Dark at the Crossing will be one of the first major works of fiction to address the ongoing Syrian civil war and will be published by Knopf in January 2017. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and The New York Times Magazine among others, and have been included in The Best American Short Stories. He is also a contributing editor at The Daily Beast, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been interviewed in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal and appeared on Charlie Rose, The Colbert Report, NPR Talk of the Nation, Meet the Press, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Al Jazeera and PBS News Hour among others.
He served as a White House Fellow in the Obama Administration and, prior to this, spent eight years in the military as both an infantry and special operations officer. He has served multiple tours of duty in the Middle East and South West Asia. As a Marine Corps Special Operations Team Leader, he operated as the primary combat advisor to a 700-man Afghan commando battalion responsible for capture operations against senior Taliban leadership. He also led a 75-man platoon that aided in relief operations in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Ackerman is a decorated veteran, having earned a Silver Star and Purple Heart for his role leading a Rifle Platoon in the November 2004 Battle of Fallujah and a Bronze Star for Valor while leading a Marine Corps Special Operations Team in Afghanistan in 2008.
Ackerman holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and studied literature and history at Tufts University where he graduated, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 2003. He has completed many of the U.S. Military’s most challenging special operations training courses and completed his officer training as the number one ranked lieutenant out of over 200 other Marine Corps Officers. He is the recipient of the Major General Edwin B. Wheeler Award for Infantry Excellence.
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