Behind the Lens (Paperback)

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American Writing Awards, 2022 Hawthorne Prize

American Writing Awards, 2021 Book of the Year (fiction), Best Women's Fiction, Best Suspense

Firebird Award, 2021 Best Debut Fiction, Winner Women's Fiction, Winner Suspense

Shelf Unbound, 2021, Winner Notable Book of the Year

Eight years ago, seasoned photojournalist Annie Hawkins Green barely survived a Taliban ambush that left her military escort dead and a young Afghan girl dying in her arms. Since then, she has managed to suppress her memories of that brutal day-until she returns to Afghanistan to teach a photography workshop at the secondary school for girls run by her expat best friend Darya Faludi. As the Taliban gain prominence in the once peaceful region, Annie's nightmares from her last time in-country come roaring back with a vengeance. But are they just dreams? The unshakeable feeling of a grim, watchful presence makes Annie think otherwise.

As Annie struggles with her nightmares, more trouble brews with the suspicion that Darya's teenage daughter is sneaking away at night to meet her shadowy boyfriend. Meanwhile, Annie's own daughter wages war with her father and stepmother back home, feeding Annie's all-consuming mom-guilt. Her only comfort, a poetry-writing U.S. Naval officer who saved her life all those years ago, is now at the other end of a satellite phone 7,000 miles away. How can he possibly keep her safe?

How can anyone?

Product Details
ISBN: 9781645381945
ISBN-10: 1645381943
Publisher: Ten16 Press
Publication Date: March 9th, 2021
Pages: 444
Language: English