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Esther is a Ugandan teenager abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army and forced to witness and commit unspeakable atrocities, who is struggling to survive, to escape, and to find a way to live with what she has seen and done. Jane is an American journalist who has traveled to Africa, hoping to give a voice to children like Esther and to find her center after a series of failed relationships. Using unflinching prose, author, Susan Minot interweaves their stories, giving us razor-sharp portraits of two extraordinary young women confronting displacement, heartbreak, and the struggle to wrest meaning from events that test them both in unimaginable ways.
With mesmerizing emotional intensity and stunning evocations of Africa's beauty and its horror, Thirty Girls ($26.95) gives us Minot's most brilliant and ambitious novel yet.
Susan Minot's first novel, Monkeys, was published in a dozen countries and received the Prix Femina Étranger in France. She is the author of Rapture, Lust & Other Stories, Folly, and Poems 4 A.M., and wrote the screenplay for Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty. Her novel Evening was a worldwide best seller and became a major motion picture. She lives on an island in Maine.
The long-awaited novel from the best-selling, award-winning author of Evening is a literary tour de force set in war-torn Africa.