Harbor | Granta

  • Published: 09/03/2006
  • ISBN: 9781846270345
  • 129x20mm
  • 304 pages


Lorraine Adams

A young stowaway, Aziz, jumps into the icy waters of Boston Harbor and swims ashore. He scrabbles to find shelter with fellow immigrants, tries to live right, but quickly learns that the normal rules don’t apply to those who have no legal existence. Just as Aziz allows himself to forget the atrocities he fled back home in Algeria and to imagine a brighter future, the FBI starts taking an interest in his circle’s activities, and all assumptions – his and ours – dissolve into urgent questions: how are terrorists identified? who watches them? and how do they live in our midst and how do they evade us?

Brilliantly, Adams pulls all the different threads together ... A strong and disturbing book

Annie Proulx

With its international scope [and] its constant play of literary ambiguity and genre suspense, Harbor feels more contemporary than almost anything else out there ... Convincing and utterly compelling


Harbor is a powerful, timely yet timeless novel, showing how those who are on the margins can be swept into the net of the 'war against terrorism'. Brilliantly evoked, beautifully written, it evokes the pain of exile and the invisible world of illegals, asylum seekers and crime, rarely understood, but providing the seedbed for alienation. A wonderful book vividly reflecting my own experience in the courts.

Helena Kennedy

The Author

Lorraine Adams was educated at Princeton and at Columbia University. She won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and was a staff writer for the Washington Post for eleven years. She lives in New York City, and Harbor (Portobello, 2006) was her first novel.

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