Boy, Interrupted

Boy, Interrupted

What happens when a young boy’s life is interrupted by war? Two young classmates, Tarnue, a boy from ‘Monrovia-poor’, and Kou, the cherished daughter of a big man in government, strike up an unlikely, yet instinctual friendship. It is 1989 in Liberia and when civil war comes, day-to-day concerns of school, parental pressure and the luxurious rewards of ice cream and new sneakers irrevocably disappear.

Liberian Saah Millimono’s debut is a moving account of a boy’s life in a time of crisis.  Tarnue is at times clear-eyed and wise beyond his years, at others bewildered by the impact of national upheaval on his already challenging existence as Charles Taylor’s forces enter Liberia.  Millimono’s is a brave, honest voice. With prose that is authentic and spare, this story of one boy caught up in cataclysmic events is a powerful indictment of the trauma, and the pity, of war.

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“A searing, heartbreaking love story set in the civil war years in Liberia. Told in a direct, idiomatic style, the story takes us from the narrator’s difficult childhood years in Monrovia to a meeting with Kou, the beautiful girl who will change his life forever. ”
-Helon Habila, author of Measuring Time

“Saah Millimono’s Boy, Interrupted reads in parts like a reminiscence, and also like a news dispatch from the time of Liberia’s civil war. It is neither.  The writing is unaffected, the voice strong and fluent. A compelling debut novel that handles lurid subjects— violence, exploitation, displacement— with a keen sensitivity.”
– Olufemi Terry, winner 2010 Caine Prize for African Writing

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Dust

Dust

From a breathtaking new voice, a novel about a splintered family in Kenya a story of power and deceit, unrequited love, survival and sacrifice.  Here is a spellbinding novel about a brother and sister who have lost their way; about how myths come to pass, history is written, and war stains us forever.”

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Dust [hardcover]

Dust [hardcover]

When a young man is gunned down in the streets of Nairobi, his grief-stricken father and sister bring his body back to their crumbling home in the Kenyan drylands. But the murder has stirred up memories long since buried, precipitating a series of events no one could have foreseen. As the truth unfolds, we come to learn the secrets held by this parched landscape, hidden deep within the shared past of a family and their conflicted nation. Spanning Kenya’s turbulent 1950s and 1960s, Dust is spellbinding debut from a breathtaking new voice in literature.

 

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Hiding in Plain Sight

Hiding in Plain Sight

From one of the world’s most important and acclaimed novelists comes a provocative and unforgettable new novel about family, freedom and loyalty.

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Sale! Hiding in Plain Sight

Hiding in Plain Sight

From one of the world’s most important and acclaimed novelists comes a provocative and unforgettable new novel about family, freedom and loyalty. In his new novel Hiding In Plain Sight, Nuruddin Farah offers a provocative and intimate portrait of a family wracked by loss and learning how to live in the wake of tragedy.

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Imagine Africa 500

In this anthology, African writers explore the unknown territory of the future and set their stories in an African environment 500 years from now.

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Sale! Kwanini? : The Cock Thief

The Cock Thief

The Cock Thief’s backdrop is Moi’s Kenya ; the main character, the President’s driver and confidante, turns thief and takes to the border with one of the Leader’s significant emblems – a golden cock. This is the ultimate Kenyan heist story.

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