And West Is West

A Novel
by Ron Childress

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“This compelling debut novel, which won the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, dramatically examines the insidious role unrestrained technology plays in the moral and ethical corruption of people, institutions, and government . . . This is an excellent story, well told, suspenseful, and tragic.” —Publishers Weekly

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Published By Algonquin Books

Format Paperback

Number Of Pages 336

Publication Date 07/05/2016

ISBN 9781616206109

Dimensions 5.55 inches x 8.25 inches


"[A] gritty debut. . . It’s a master study in how people can emotionally detach themselves from the damage they cause in our computer-driven world.” —The Washington Post

“This compelling debut novel, which won the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, dramatically examines the insidious role unrestrained technology plays in the moral and ethical corruption of people, institutions, and government . . . This is an excellent story, well told, suspenseful, and tragic.” —Publishers Weekly

“[E]xtraordinary. . . Through graceful and controlled writing, the novel shows that whether we’re operating by proxy or directly and tangibly affecting someone, we’re all not only responsible for one another, but absolutely must assume responsibility for ourselves.” —Kansas City Star

“[C]ombines elements of technological sophistication in both drone warfare and financial manipulation with the hip social whirl of New York and Washington.” —Booklist 

“[A] strong first novel . . . This powerful and morally chilling tale depicts the chasm modern technology can create between actions and consequences--and the effects that has on the individuals carrying out the actions.” —Library Journal

“Impressive and keenly relevant to our time, And West Is West  weaves seamlessly between drone strikes and high-speed trading on Wall Street. I devoured it in forty-eight hours, and during the hours I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. I still am.” —Barbara Kingsolver

“I'm impressed by the power of Ron Childress's voice and the accuracy with which he describes human behavior. He's an intelligent and gifted writer who doesn't show off--he knows how to tell a story that you won't forget.” —Terry McMillan

“Their stories intersect in startling ways, proving that despite the artificial moral distance created by the technology each of them used in their professions, the world remains filled with human connections. Centered on ethical questions but never preachy, Childress's narrative ponders the meaning of conscience in a technocentric world.” —Shelf Awareness 

 
 “Do yourself a favor, dear reader: pick this book up. . . With sharp writing and likeable characters, Ron Childress has woven a very human story out of the tangle of conflicts—military, political, financial—that bind us together.” —Washington Independent Review of Books

This is one of those keeps-you-up-at-night, miss-your-subway-stop kinds of books that you’ll pass around to friends. It’s one to take to your book club. ” Rushville Republican