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The Incendiaries

by RO Kwon

(Virago, ISBN 978-0-3490-1187-5)

virago.co.uk

Will is a born-again atheist who, having tried and failed to resurrect his belief in a god to whom he had dedicated his life, is on a mission to save his American-Korean girlfriend, Phoebe, from being drawn into a shady religious cult, with links to North Korea, led by the enigmatic John Leal. At one level, this is a simple story of love and loss, set against a backdrop of student life at a prestigious US university, complete with the usual philosophical angst (and enthusiastic enjoyment of drink and drugs). At the

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