Ishmael Beah (Author)
April 28, 2020
6.2 X 9.3 X 1.0 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author
Ishmael Beah is the Sierra Leonean and American author of the novel Radiance of Tomorrow and the memoir A Long Way Gone, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller and has been published in more than forty languages. A UNICEF Ambassador and Advocate for Children Affected by War, and a member of the Human Rights Watch Children's Advisory Committee, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their children.
"Arguably the most-read African writer in contemporary literature." -- Vanity Fair "[A] vibrant outing. . . . Beah informs his characters' blend of street savvy and naïveté with bursts of details. . . . Fans of African postcolonial fiction are in for a treat." -- Publishers Weekly "An ingenious setup. . . . readers will be drawn to discover what befalls a group fending for itself amid conflict and crime. Beah draws on both his life and imagination to depict children leading brave, provisional lives." -- Kirkus "Beah portrays his characters with exquisite tenderness, imbuing them with a grace that belies their wretched situation... In a work less harrowing but no less effective than Radiance of Tomorrow, Beah continues to speak eloquently to the impact of colonialism on generations of African children for whom freedom is merely an illusion." - Library Journal "Unflinching and unadorned, Beah's novel provides an indelible portrait of desperate survival." --Booklist (starred review) Praise for A Long Way Gone "Everyone in the world should read this book." --The Washington Post "A breathtaking and unselfpitying account of how a gentle spirit survives a childhood from which all innocence has suddenly been sucked out. . . truly riveting." --Time "Deeply moving, even uplifting. . . Beah's story . . . demands to be read." --People Praise for The Radiance of Tomorrow "Written with the moral urgency of a parable and the searing precision of a firsthand account . . . There is an allegorical richness to Beah's storytelling and a remarkable humanity to his characters. We see tragedy arriving not through the big wallops of war, but rather in corrosive increments." --The New York Times Book Review