The 7 Best Books of April

American War, Omar El Akkad (Knopf)
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American War, Omar El Akkad (Knopf)

The debut novel from Portland, Oregon, journalist El Akkad presents a grimly dystopian vision of the future United States. The book follows a girl living in a Southern refugee camp in the late 21st century, when climate change has all but destroyed the Gulf Coast and a second Civil War has pitted the North against the South again.