A "New York Times" Notable Book
An "Economist" Best Book of the Year
Esther Akello is one of thirty Ugandan teenage girls abducted from a Catholic boarding school by rebel bandits. Held captive by the Lord's Resistance Army, Esther is forced to witness and commit unspeakable atrocities. She struggles to survive, to escape, and to find a way to live with what she has seen and done. Jane Wood is a sensual, idealistic American writer who is traveling across Africa, hoping to give a voice to young people like Esther and to find her own center.
In unflinching prose, Minot interweaves the stories of these two astonishing young women who, as they confront displacement and heartbreak, are hurtled inexorably closer to one another. With mesmerizing emotional intensity and stunning evocations of Africa's struggles and beauty, Susan Minot gives us her most brilliant novel yet.
About the Author
Susan Minot is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer, poet, and screenwriter. Her first novel, "Monkeys", was published in a dozen countries and won the Prix Femina Etranger in France. Her novel "Evening" was a worldwide bestseller and became a major motion picture. She received her MFA from Columbia University and lives with her daughter in New York City and on an island off the coast of Maine.