The Incendiaries is R.O. Kwon’s remarkable debut. With her incredible prose she tells the story of Will and Phoebe, their love and their demise. As Will wrestles with his losing his faith, Phoebe descends further into an extremist cult, trying to absolve herself of the guilt she lives with following her mother’s death.
I can already feel that this book will be in my thoughts for a long time.
It is hard to feel close to the characters in this book: Will, our narrator and the enigmatic Phoebe, defying understanding from the moment she enters Will’s life until the moment she leaves it. I was captivated by their stories and the incredible way Kwon conveys their journeys. Read this book for Kwon’s elegant writing, for the haunting story she weaves, and for the characters that you won’t be able to forget.
The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon
Genre: Contemporary fiction/Literary fiction
Length: 214 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Pub. Date: July 31, 2018
Source: Personal copy
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