A famous expatriate author travels from Paris to Terre Haute, Indiana to interview America's most notorious terrorist on death row. As the clock counts down, a bond grows between these two strangers in Edmund White's raw and emotional look at the collision of humanity and politics.
The story behind the story - In November of 1998, Vanity Fair published Gore Vidal's explosive article "The War at Home," in which he put the erosion of our country's Bill of Rights under the microscope. The article caught the attention of Oklahoma City Bomber, Timothy McVeigh and a three-year correspondence began. McVeigh was executed in 2001 and the two never met in person. Vidal later shared the correspondence with author, essayist, and playwright, Edmund White inspiring the latter to turn the Vidal/McVeigh letters into the freely imagined fictional meeting, Terre Haute.