Exit A by Anthony Swofford audiobook

Exit A

By Anthony Swofford
Read by John Slattery

Simon & Schuster Audio
8.37 Hours 1
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From the bestselling author of Jarhead comes an unforgettable novel about the legacies of war and the dangers of love. Seventeen-year-old Severin Boxx lives on Yokota, an enormous American Air Force base on the outskirts of Tokyo. Like most of the other young American men on the airbase, Severin is mad for Virginia Kindwall, the base general's daughter, who is a hafu-half American and half Japanese. Beautiful, smart, and utterly defiant of a father who wields godlike military power, Virginia has become a petty criminal in the Japanese underground that lurks in the mad neon netherworld just outside the base, around the nearby rail station's Exit A. Severin is soon caught up in Virginia's world. But their romance is short-lived as they find themselves in trouble way over their heads and subjected to the enormous, unforgiving tensions that remain between America and Japan in the wake of World War II. Years later, Severin and Virginia remain lost to each other -- until an emotionally frayed, thirty-something Severin embarks on a quest to find Virginia, and reclaim the part of himself taken from him when his boyhood abruptly ended. Like Jarhead before it, Anthony Swofford's Exit A is darkly irreverent, frankly erotic, and more than a little wicked, a tale told in a brooding, pained voice filled with the simple human fury of being alive.

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Summary

Summary

From the bestselling author of Jarhead comes an unforgettable novel about the legacies of war and the dangers of love.

Seventeen-year-old Severin Boxx lives on Yokota, an enormous American Air Force base on the outskirts of Tokyo. Like most of the other young American men on the airbase, Severin is mad for Virginia Kindwall, the base general's daughter, who is a hafu-half American and half Japanese. Beautiful, smart, and utterly defiant of a father who wields godlike military power, Virginia has become a petty criminal in the Japanese underground that lurks in the mad neon netherworld just outside the base, around the nearby rail station's Exit A.

Severin is soon caught up in Virginia's world. But their romance is short-lived as they find themselves in trouble way over their heads and subjected to the enormous, unforgiving tensions that remain between America and Japan in the wake of World War II. Years later, Severin and Virginia remain lost to each other -- until an emotionally frayed, thirty-something Severin embarks on a quest to find Virginia, and reclaim the part of himself taken from him when his boyhood abruptly ended.

Like Jarhead before it, Anthony Swofford's Exit A is darkly irreverent, frankly erotic, and more than a little wicked, a tale told in a brooding, pained voice filled with the simple human fury of being alive.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Swofford has a great eye for detail and cultural kitsch, which imbues Exit A with a lot of incidental humor despite its weightier themes.” Los Angeles Times
“In Exit A, Swofford’s prose swaggers...showcasing the genius that made his name in Jarhead...proving he can easily hold his own with the giants of American letters.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Absorbing...The wacky culture clash that westerners experience in Japan is also carefully observed. Swofford portrays well the two-way love-hate relationships that so often develop when west and east meet.” Seattle Times
“Fascinating...Swift and bold...The tale has undeniable cinematic panache, and Swofford boots it along with the big, thumping V8 of his prose.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Exit A boasts a beautifully written hero in naive Severin Boxx.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“Swofford is superb on military life, on the beat and pulse of the hierarchical power and ragged consumption that drive a military base.... [He] has now written two very fine and very different books.” Bookforum

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Author

Author Bio: Anthony Swofford

Author Bio: Anthony Swofford

Anthony Swofford served in a US Marine Corps surveillance and target acquisition/scout-sniper platoon during the Gulf War. After the war, he was educated at American River College; the University of California, Davis; and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has taught at both the University of Iowa and Lewis and Clark College. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, Men’s Journal, the Iowa Review, as well as other publications, and his memoir Jarhead was a major New York Times bestseller and the basis for the film of the same name. A Michener-Copernicus Fellowship recipient, he lives in the Hudson Valley in New York.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 8.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English