By Wendell Steavenson
W.W. Norton & Company, March 13, 2018
Paris Metro is the gripping story of an American journalist compelled to reexamine her convictions as terrorism threatens to engulf her family. It’s 2015, and Kit is living in Paris, estranged from her Iraqi diplomat husband and raising their teenage son, Ahmed. Having spent the years since 9/11 covering the Middle East―from Baghdad after the U.S. invasion to Syria during the refugee crisis―Kit is enjoying a quieter life. But when Charlie Hebdo is attacked and a cartoonist friend of hers is killed, and then terrorists storm the Bataclan, Kit’s Parisian world is shattered. As she is drawn back into reporting, she begins to suspect that Ahmed may be running with the terrorists. Paris Metro is a deeply moving story about the psychic effects of the Age of Terror.
About the Author
Wendell Steavenson wrote for The New Yorker from Cairo for more than a year during the Egyptian revolution. She has spent most of the past decade and a half reporting from the Middle East and the Caucasus for The Guardian, Prospect magazine, Slate, Granta and other publications. Steavenson has written three previous books, both critically acclaimed: Stories I Stole, about post-Soviet Georgia, and The Weight of a Mustard Seed, about life and morality in Saddam’s Iraq and the aftermath of the American invasion. She was also a 2014 Nieman Fellow at Harvard. Steavenson currently lives in Paris.