Busara Road

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New Door Books
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5.98 X 0.65 X 9.02 inches | 0.94 pounds
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About the Author

David Hallock Sanders has seen his short fiction, essays, and plays published in a range of journals and anthologies. He was shortlisted as a finalist for the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Prize for a novel-in-progress, and he is a winner of the Third Coast national fiction competition and the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary Autobiography Project. BUSARA ROAD is his first novel.


"In his authentic and haunting first novel, Busara Road, David Sanders captures the turbulent early days of newly-independent Kenya through the eyes of eleven-year-old Mark Morgan, the sensitive and inquisitive son of a widowed Quaker missionary. Set in the aftermath of the brutal conflict between colonial British forces and the Mau Mau rebels, the novel navigates the jungle of grief and hope that is a community emerging from years of violence, as well as the suffering of those set upon avenging past atrocities. Sanders creates characters who are memorable, distinctive, multi-dimensional and indelibly true. In the spirit of the best of Norman Rush and Barbara Kingsolver, Busara Road is a Bildungsroman of insight and compassion from an author who has mastered both the substance and the emotion of his subject matter. A riveting tour de force, the novel will appeal to anyone who has ever been eleven years old and at sea in the world. Busara Road leads readers both into the African past and into the depths of the human spirit--it is a road not to be missed." --Jacob M. Appel, author of Millard Salter's Last Day

"Reading Busara Road is like having your hair cut by a one-armed man who may be a murderer--you're afraid of what might happen next, but you're certainly not going anywhere, and you're excited to find yourself amid a mystery. That very haircut, and a flash of a white shirt against a green jungle, the calls and grunts of unseen animals in the dense foliage, a thick leaf wrapped around a wounded arm with a vine, birds and fish swimming and flying: reading this novel, I was caught in so many vivid images, so many sharp sensations as I was borne along through Kenya's history and quotidian features, traveling with eleven-year-old Mark Morgan as he shapes his own story. Mark's path ultimately illuminates what has been so tantalizing and unclear in the rich, hidden world around him; the perfect guide, he is guileless and yet awake, often left alone, always eager to pursue new experiences and sensations." --Peter Rock, author of My Abandonment

"Brimming with mystery, magic, emotional truth and wide-eyed adolescent wonder, Busara Road compels the reader on a vivid and engrossing adventure marked by discovery, duality and bursts of lyrical beauty." --Tracy DeBrincat, author of Hollywood Buckaroo and Troglodyte

"Eleven-year-old Mark Morgan and his father move from Philadelphia to a Quaker mission in western Kenya shortly after the new nation's brutal struggle for independence. With his father mostly away, Mark lives among the deeply wounded survivors, struggling to forge connections in a place where not heeding one's elders can have grave consequences. A strong, vivid debut set in an unforgettable place and time." --Janet Benton, author of Lilli de Jong

"David H. Sanders, a gifted writer of fiction and a child of missionaries, transmutes his personal experience into a novel that stands alongside The Poisonwood Bible." --Joy E. Stocke, co-founder of Wild River Review

"Busara Road is a beautifully written, slow-burning drama that touches on devastation and collective memory, culminating in the piercing discovery that knowing the truth comes at a personal cost." --Karen Rigby, Foreword Reviews