Book cover for The Outside Lands

The Outside Lands



26 January 2017
368 pages
Imprint: Picador


Hannah Kohler isn't the first author to explore the cost of war, but she does so with remarkable emotional intelligence in this compelling account . . . This is a gripping book about war.
Dark, beautifully written and insightful, this is an impressive debut.
Kohler is particularly good at capturing both her protagonists' individual voices as they change and grow over time and the impact of historical events on small-town lives. She also has a quite wonderful understanding of the way Vietnam radically overturned America's assured sense of itself, while her prose is astonishing - jagged, fresh and startlingly alive.
Kohler’s debut – confident and flawlessly researched – comes to represent the detrimental effect of the war on an entire generation.