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Currency, by Zoe Zolbrod

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Currency, by Zoe Zolbrod

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Currency, by Zoe Zolbrod

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Piv and Robin are not such an unlikely match. Piv, a small-time hustler in Thailand, and Robin, a twenty-something backpacker from the United States, have always dreamed big dreams. What begins as a traveler's affair in Sukhothai quickly intensifies, and the young lovers envision an idyllic future together, traveling the world. Their plans are thwarted in Bangkok, however, when Robin runs out of money, her credit is denied, and she may have to leave Asia and Piv behind. Desperate, Piv turns to Abu, a charismatic businessman acquaintance, for help. Thus begins Piv and Robin's foray into exotic animal smuggling. Soon they find themselves amid an international crime ring that may have even darker underworld ties stretching from Kenya to Russia. Under the scrutiny of the traffickers who employ them, with investigators hot on t heir trail and idealistic dreams unraveling fast, Piv and Robin  must face the consequences of their individual struggles for identity, as well as the cost of their mutual desires.


"Currency  is an absorbing story of love and betrayal set in Southeast Asia, a thriller of trafficking bodies--both human and beast--across international lines, and a perceptive foray into the dark powers beyond our control. It is a story that asks questions about home and happiness, while deftly taking us into a society's underworld where ethics are eclipsed by desperation, lust, and greed." 
--Shipa Agarwal, author of Haunting Bombay

"From the first page to the last, Zoe Zolbrod's Currency  had me hooked. I loved the boldness of the voice, the visceral and intoxicating landscape, the engrossing and masterfully woven story. Currency is a thrilling and unforgettable debut, and Zolbrod is a brilliant new voice that is sure to be with us for many years to come." 
--Laura van den Berg, author of What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us

About Zoe Zolbrod

Zoe Zolbrod was raised in Meadville, PA; graduated from Oberlin College; and received her M.A. from The Program for Writers at University of Illinois at Chicago. After backpacking solo around Southeast Asia, she co-published the zine "Maxine" and worked as an editor. She lives in Evanston, IL, with her husband and two children. CURRENCY is her first novel, and it took her a long, long time to get it just right.