Apeirogon by Colum McCann
Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 480 pages
Audiobook Length: 14 hours and 53 minutes
First Published: 2020
Colum McCann’s most ambitious work to date, Apeirogon—named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides—is a tour de force concerning friendship, love, loss, and belonging.
Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their daily lives, from the roads they are allowed to drive on, to the schools their daughters, Abir and Smadar, each attend, to the checkpoints, both physical and emotional, they must negotiate.
Their worlds shift irreparably after ten-year-old Abir is killed by a rubber bullet and thirteen-year-old Smadar becomes the victim of suicide bombers. When Bassam and Rami learn of each other’s stories, they recognize the loss that connects them and they attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace.
About Colum McCann
Colum McCann is the author of seven novels and three story collections, including Apeirogon, Let the World Spin, and Thirteen Ways of Looking. He is the co-founder of the nonprofit Narrative 4, a global education organization that promotes the exchange of stories as a way to help students connect. He was born and raised in Dublin but currently lives in New York. Visit the author’s website →