Tuesday, October 3, 2017

A Moonless, Starless Sky by Alexis Okeowo

I am trying to incorporate more nonfiction into my reading life and it's been slow going. However, this one is high on my want to read list. I know so little about the struggles and challenges facing people in so many of the African countries that it verges on embarrassing. A Moonless, Starless Sky sounds like a good place to start. 

In the tradition of Behind the Beautiful Forevers and Nothing to Envy, this is a masterful, humane work of literary journalism by New Yorker staff writer Alexis Okeowo--a vivid narrative of Africans, many of them women, who are courageously resisting their continent's wave of fundamentalism.

In A Moonless, Starless Sky Okeowo weaves together four narratives that form a powerful tapestry of modern Africa: a young couple, kidnap victims of Joseph Kony's LRA; a Mauritanian waging a lonely campaign against modern-day slavery; a women's basketball team flourishing amid war-torn Somalia; and a vigilante who takes up arms against the extremist group Boko Haram. This debut book by one of America's most acclaimed young journalists illuminates the inner lives of ordinary people doing the extraordinary--lives that are too often hidden, underreported, or ignored by the rest of the world.

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