My new novel, Out of Place, has a pub date:
September 13, 2021. You can read the opening page here.
Here's the cover, and every Monday I will post another image below that gives a hint about the novel's contents. Take the hint, please! (You can find all the Monday images here.)
About the book:
When a research institute in the Mojave Desert falls under suspicion in the aftermath of 9/11, a Turkish hydrogeologist is “in the wind”; the American office manager is detained as a material witness; a Mexican herpetologist needs to find a place of safety; a US college dropout bicycles across Iran trying to decide if violence is the answer; DIY citizen-scientists conduct unconventional experiments; and an FBI specialist, born in a refugee camp in Africa, proves his loyalty to his adopted country.
For me, it's been a strange experience correcting proofs of this novel set in the years 2000-03. After everything that's happened more recently, I had almost forgotten: how the Bush administration violated democratic norms, undermined science, disseminated lies, and attacked immigrants. As I continue to work on behalf of asylum seekers and for immigrant rights, we need to remember.
I often turn for relief to non-human animals when the way people treat each other gets to be too much, so I shouldn't have been surprised in rereading my own work to find rattlesnakes and bears and vultures and monkeys and goats and, of course, lots of cats.
This week's image:
Also by Diane Lefer