Exiles in America: A Novel (Paperback)
Zack Knowles, a psychologist, and Daniel Wexler, an art teacher at a college in Virginia, have been together for twenty-one years. In the fall of 2002, a few months before the Iraq War, a new artist in residence, Abbas Rohani, arrives with his Russian wife, Elena, and their two children. But Abbas is not quite what he seems, and he begins an affair with Daniel. Soon politics intrude upon two families thrown together by love, threatening the future of both in ways no one could have predicted.
A novel that explores how the personal becomes political, Exiles in America offers an intimate look at the meaning of marriage, gay and straight.
About the Author
Christopher Bram is the author of eight other novels, including Gods and Monsters (originally titled Father of Frankenstein), which was made into an Academy Award-winning film. Bram was a 2001 Guggenheim Fellow and received the 2003 Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement. He lives in New York City.
“What is love?. . . [Bram’s] enthralling . . . story challenges us to broaden our search for answers.” — USA Today
“The predicaments Bram has set up for his characters are interesting . . . [and] compelling.” — Washington Post Book World
“Christopher Bram’s latest novel, Exiles in America, is so compulsively readable it’s easy to overlook its brimming wisdom.” — The Advocate
“A thoughtful domestic melodrama set in the last days before the beginning of the current war.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Potent and intoxicating…sexy, riveting and psychologically satisfying.” — Genre
“A major ‘gay novel’—however you define that…Bram pulls it off…empathetic and enlightening, politically savvy and emotionally sophisticated.” — The Guide
“This intricate, emotionally layered novel is one of the best I’ve read in years…brilliant, soul-wrenching, heart-penetrating.” — Providence Sunday Journal