Set internationally and spanning two decades, Annisa is an intricate portrait of a young Afghan girl's struggle to survive after the Soviet invasion in 1979. Her harrowing escape to America, and her fatal decision to return to her people in Afghanistan, evokes insight into a society torn apart by terrorism, drug smuggling, and bitter conflicts over the role of its women.
"She could have been the girl on the Nat Geo cover"
Angie Lanier, the heroine of Kathleen MacArthur's new novel, travels a world away from her Midwest background, where she absorbs a mysterious spell cast upon her by a Balinese priest. Her efforts to learn more about her father prompts flashbacks of her confusion between the values of her modest mother and her outrageous grandmother.
"Very loosely plotted, lacking tension."
Headquartered in Langley, Virginia, the CIA is located directly across the Potomac River from the old C & O Canal and the towpath that parallels it. Emmaline Constance, an elderly resident of the nearby village of Glen Echo, Maryland discovers a dead man on the towpath. However, when she returns with the police, the body is no longer there. In her efforts to prove she did not imagine it, she stumbles into the world of espionage during the era marking the break-up of the Soviet Union.