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AFTERSHOCKS de Colin Kahl & Thomas Wright

From two of America’s leading national security experts, comes the most definitive look at the geopolitical impact of COVID-19, a book that is both a riveting journalistic account of one of the strangest years on record and a comprehensive analysis of the pandemic’s ongoing impact on the foundational institutions and ideas that have shaped the modern world.

Pandemic Politics and the End of the Old International Order
by Colin Kahl & Thomas Wright
St. Martin’s Press, August 2021

The COVID-19 crisis is the greatest shock to the world order since World War II. Millions have been infected and killed. The economic crash caused by the pandemic is the worst since the Great Depression, with the International Monetary Fund estimating that it will cost over $9 trillion of global wealth in the next few years. Many will be left impoverished and hungry. Fragile states will be further hollowed out, creating conditions ripe for conflict and mass displacement. Meanwhile, international institutions and alliances already under strain before the pandemic are teetering, while the United States and China, already at loggerheads before the crisis, are careening toward a new Cold War. China’s secrecy and assertiveness have shattered hopes that it will become a responsible stakeholder in the international order.
None of this came out of the blue. Public health experts and intelligence analysts had warned for a decade that a pandemic of this sort was inevitable; but the crisis broke against a global backdrop of rising nationalism, backsliding democracy, declining public trust in governments, mounting rebellion against the inequalities produced by globalization, resurgent great power competition, and plummeting international cooperation.
And yet, there are some signs of hope. The COVID-19 crisis reminds us of our common humanity and shared fate. The public has, for the most part, responded stoically and with kindness. Some democracies—South Korea, Taiwan, Germany, New Zealand, among others—have responded well. America may emerge from the crisis with a new resolve to deal with non-traditional threats, like pandemic disease, and a new demand for effective collective action with other democratic nations. America may also finally be forced to come to grips with our nation’s inadequacies, and to make big changes at home and abroad that will set the stage for opportunities the rest of this century holds.
But one thing is certain: America and the world will never be the same again.

Colin Kahl was Vice President Joe Biden’s national security advisor from 2013-2017 and deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East from 2009-13. He is currently Co-Director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, Steven C. Házy Senior Fellow, and professor of political science (by courtesy) at Stanford University. He has published numerous articles in The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, Politico, The Washington Post, and other popular outlets, and he is a frequent contributor to CNN and MSNBC.
Thomas Wright is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing writer at The Atlantic. Tom has written several definitive pieces analyzing Donald Trump’s foreign policy, mixing research into the historical record of Trump’s remarks over three decades with reporting from contacts inside and near the administration. He is also author of the book All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the 21st Century and the Future of American Power (Yale University Press 2017).

AFTERSHOCKS de Marisa Reichardt

A gripping YA novel about two strangers struggling to survive a massive California earthquake

by Marisa Reichardt
Abrams, September 2020
(chez KT Literary – voir catalogue)

When a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hits California, Ruby is trapped in a laundromat with Charlie, a boy she had her first conversation with only moments before. She can’t see anything beyond the rubble that she’s trapped beneath, but she’s sure someone will come save them soon. As the hours and days tick by, Ruby and Charlie struggle to stay hopeful—and stay alive. Ruby has only Charlie’s voice and her memories to find the hope to keep holding on. Will the two make it out alive? And if they do, what will they have lost to the earthquake? Riveting, tense, and emotionally complex, AFTERSHOCKS weaves together the terror and hope of a catastrophic event while showing the ways that disasters can change and unite us.

Marisa Reichardt was born and raised in Southern California. Her debut novel, Underwater, was an Indies Introduce New Voices pick and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. She lives in Los Angeles with her family, and can usually be found huddled over her laptop in a coffeehouse or swimming in the ocean.

AFTERSHOCKS de Nadia Owusu

A rigorously interrogative, poetic, cataclysmic, and genre-bending work of intertwined literary memoir and cultural history that grapples with the fault lines of identity, the meaning of home and ‘mother,’ black womanhood, and the ripple effects, both personal and generational, of emotional trauma

by Nadia Owusu
Simon & Schuster, TBA

Writer Nadia Owusu grew up in Rome, Addis Ababa, Kampala, Dar-es-Salaam, Kumasi, and London. Her father, who worked for a UN agency and died when she was thirteen, was Ghanaian; his family originally descended from Ashanti royalty. Her mother, from whom she was estranged for fifteen years, and who abandoned Nadia and her sister when Nadia was two years old, is Armenian by descent; her family survived the Armenian Genocide. Her stepmother, who raised Nadia, her sister, and her half-brother after her father’s death and after her mother’s failure to return for the funeral, is Tanzanian. Nadia’s mother moved to America after leaving Nadia and her sister, where she remarried and had more children, who are Armenian-Somali-American. Nadia herself came to America for the first time when she was eighteen, for university. Thirty-six year old Nadia Owusu has, at different points in her life, felt stateless, motherless, and identity-less. At other points in her life, she has felt too full of states (emotional, mental, and literal), griefs, mothers, and identities of which to keep track without cracking under the pressure of trying to hold herself together. It’s no wonder that her efforts led to what she calls fault lines, or fissures, in her own sense of self. It’s no wonder that those fault lines eventually ruptured. The book now in your possession, AFTERSHOCKS, is the way she hauled herself out of the wreckage of her life’s perpetual quaking, how she finally understood that the only ground firm enough to count on was the one she wrote into existence for herself.
Through the lens of the author’s own experience, the book touches on everything from the history of Uganda’s national fight against AIDS, to a close reading of Pilate Dead’s missing navel in Song of Solomon as related to ‘third culture’ people, to the origin of the use of the words ‘hakuna matata’ as related to Tanzanian culture, to Ghana’s fraught history with colonialism, and more, all in service to piecing together Nadia’s fractured sense of identity. As you may have guessed from the title, the author employs an overarching metaphor of an earthquake’s many stages to organize intellectually the various vignettes and emotional layers of personal and cultural history encompassed within these pages.

Nadia Owusu is a Brooklyn-based writer and urban planner, leading research and racial equity at Living Cities, an economic racial justice organization. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, LUMINA (second place winner of the 2017 nonfiction contest judged by Leslie Jamison), Catapult, The Cossack Review, Columbia Journal, The Huffington Post, Assignment (winner of the 2016 MFA student contest), The Rumpus, and Gulf Coast (honorary mention for the 2017 Gulf Coast Prize). She is a graduate of Pace University (BA), Hunter College (MS), and the Mountainview MFA program, where she won the Robert J. Begeibing Prize for exceptional work.