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Friday, September 28, 2007

Exit A

Fans of Anthony Swofford’s memoir Jarhead (or the movie based upon it) will enjoy his first novel, Exit A. The book is set on an American air force base in Japan and revolves around two teenagers who grew up on the base that amounts to a microcosm of American society on the outskirts of the Japanese metropolis, Yokota. Torn between the world they know and the exciting and dangerous underworld of Yokota, both teens must come to terms with the harsh realities of human nature, military culture and the real world. Exit A depicts a different perspective on military life, the lives of the children who grow up in its midst and examines the tantalizing teenage desire for rebellion. -Caroline