A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR
‘A thrilling, razor-sharp critique of US foreign policy … Red Birds is an incisive, unsparing critique of war and of America’s role in the destruction of the Middle East. It combines modern and ancient farcical traditions in thrilling way’ Guardian
American pilot Major Ellie has crashed his plane in the middle of a desert. Lucky for him there’s room for him at the very refugee camp he was supposed to bomb.
Teenage Momo doesn’t see it that way: the camp is a trap, not a refuge. His brother’s missing, his parents are in a rage, and an aid worker won’t stop trying to interview him for her book on the Teenage Muslim Mind.
Savage, irreverent and deliciously dark, Red Birds is a masterful unravelling of intertwined fates in a forgotten warscape – and a brilliant satire about satire about the absurdity of war and the impossibility of peace.