Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: February 2014
Duration: 11 hours 57 minutes
The long-awaited novel from the bestselling, award-winning author of Evening is a literary tour de force set in war-torn Africa.
Esther is a Ugandan teenager abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army and forced to witness and commit unspeakable atrocities. She 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. In unflinching prose, 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 horror, Minot gives us her most brilliant and ambitious novel yet.
“Dreamlike…Though the shifting narratives start out highlighting the stark contrasts between the two worlds, they eventually collide as violence enters the privileged white enclave…A deeply affecting title that manages to express weighty sentiments and horrific events with subtlety and poetry.”—Library Journal (starred review)