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Nude Walker

A Novel

Bathsheba Monk

Picador

Set in Warrenside, Pennsylvania, Nude Walker is the story of forbidden love seen through the prism of post-industrial America. When Kat Warren-Bineki, the daughter of old industrialists, and Max Asad, the son of Lebanese immigrants, return from Afghanistan, where they both served in the National Guard, the two share a series of intriguing encounters, leading to a romance that will change them forever. Bathseheba Monk writes in a voice as true as it is disarming, depicting the kaleidoscopic tensions between generations and cultures.

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NUDE WALKER (One: Kat Warren-Bineki)

When I recall Afghanistan, I think of gray spiky plants with long taproots sinking into sand, shrouds of women kicking up dust as they move down the road, and skies the brittle blue of a prolonged drought. Arid. Ashy. Barren. So the sudden large cool drops made me laugh aloud as we trudged across the tarmac to board the C-128 at Bagram on the first leg of our trip home. I lifted my face to the sky to enjoy this farewell rain, which was like a kiss that would awaken the sleeping desert life.

“Bineki, did you lose this?”

I turned ar

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"A pitch-perfect portrayal of class warfare...Monk is a sure-footed storyteller who comically, affectionately, poignantly maps the emotional minefields of the northeastern heartland---and the heart."---More

"A precision-choreographed subversion of American myths….[Everyone] is looking to swap the cards they’ve been dealt."---The New York Times Book Review

"A Romeo and Juliet tale...Instead of sixteenth-century Verona, Monk gives us a twenty-first-century American community whose face is changing to the accompaniment of fear and bigotry....A rewarding read."---The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Monk is a fantastic writer."---The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Bathsheba Monk’s refreshing, beautifully written new novel, Nude Walker, is a must-read book---filled with telling and memorable images of Arab Americans. Nude Walker reveals that we are not a monolithic community, that there exists much goodness about us, a goodness that is seldom reflected in popular culture."---Dr. Jack Shaheen, author of Reel Bad Arabs

"You know how writers are always cautioned not to have too many plates in the air? Well, Bathsheba Monk lets those plates fly and dance and whirl like dervishes and shiver like wronged lovers and spin like hilarious idiots. I found myself looking up, up, wondering how she would pull it off—and then I was reading without stopping, because I couldn’t tear myself away. Nude Walker has everything: war and conflict, sex and betrayal, old-money people and fresh-dollar newcomers, and always men and women looking for the purest kind of love, even if it burns too hot." ---Susan Straight, author of Take One Candle Light a Room and Highwire Moon

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Bathsheba Monk

  • Bathsheba Monk is the author of Now You See It . . . Stories from Cokesville, PA. She lives in Pennsylvania, where she is writing her next novel and developing a musical. She writes radio essays and interviews other artists on National Public Radio’s Lehigh Valley affiliate, WDIY. Visit her online at www.bathshebamonk.com.

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