The Lesson (Paperback)

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Incredible book! I loved the mixture of tragic and bizarre with the mundane. Characters fall in and out of love, question their faith, and struggle with their parents all in the midst of an alien invasion to the Virgin Islands. Turnbull explores the impact of colonialism and violence through the perspectives of overlapping characters in both the past and present, ending with different and difficult "lessons". Also a beautifully read audiobook with!

— Caide

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An alien ship rests over Water Island. For five years the people of the US Virgin Islands have lived with the Ynaa, a race of superadvanced aliens on a research mission they will not fully disclose. They are benevolent in many ways but meet any act of aggression with disproportional wrath. This has led to a strained relationship between the Ynaa and the local Virgin Islanders and a peace that cannot last.

A year after the death of a young boy at the hands of an Ynaa, three families find themselves at the center of the inevitable conflict, witnesses and victims to events that will touch everyone and teach a terrible lesson.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781094081298
ISBN-10: 1094081299
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2020
Language: English