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In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
In the Country of Men is set in Libya is 1979, 10 years after Khadafy's rise to power. Nine-year-old Suleiman is the only child of an arranged marriage. His mother is dreadfully unhappy and his father is constantly away from home. He hangs out with his best friend, Kareem, but their world falls apart when Kareem's father is arrested as a traitor and whose hanging is broadcast on television. Suleiman's father belongs to the same anti-government group, and when his father is arrested, his mother begins burning his father's books before they can be used against him. Suleiman, however, wants to keep one of them for himself. It becomes a world of friends betraying friends, and Suleiman wonders how to become a man in this country of men. Hisham Matar's novel has received a Booker nomination and positive reviews with the Washington Post saying, "Though set in one of the world's most peculiar, most despotic countries, this sad, beautiful novel captures the universal tragedy of children caught in their parents' terrors."