A haunting, beautiful first novel by the bestselling author of A Long Way Gone. Named one of the Christian Science Monitor's best fiction books of the year.
When Ishmael Beah's A Long Way Gone was published in 2007, it soared to the top of bestseller lists, becoming an instant classic: a harrowing account of Sierra Leone's civil war and the fate of child soldiers that "everyone in the world should read" (The Washington Post). Now Beah, whom Dave Eggers has called "arguably the most read African writer in contemporary literature," has returned with his first novel, an affecting, tender parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone.
At the center of Radiance of Tomorrow are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones. As more villagers begin to come back, Benjamin and Bockarie try to forge a new community by taking up their former posts as teachers, but they're beset by obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, thievery, rape, and retaliation; and the depredations of a foreign mining company intent on sullying the town's water supply and blocking its paths with electric wires. As Benjamin and Bockarie search for a way to restore order, they're forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and future alike.
With the gentle lyricism of a dream and the moral clarity of a fable, Radiance of Tomorrow is a powerful novel about preserving what means the most to us, even in uncertain times.
In Beah's novel, set in Sierra Leone, friends Benjamin and Brockarie return to their village of Imperi after the civil war in the early aughts, only to find the town in ruins. But as more villagers return to Imperi, the two friends must pull together and help the community rebuild. In this audio edition, narrator Graham delivers a thoughtful performance that is both effective and touching. Graham's rendition of dialogue is spot on, and he provides the book's characters with distinctive and appropriate voices. Listeners will find that this powerful novel makes for an equally powerful audiobook, thanks to a standout reading from Graham. An FSG/Sarah Crichton hardcover.