The Radiance of Tomorrow

The Radiance of Tomorrow

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A haunting, beautiful first novel by the bestselling author of A Long Way Gone.

“Every story begins and ends with a woman, a mother, a grandmother, a girl, a child. Every story is a birth…”

So begins Radiance of Tomorrow, Ishmael Beah's first novel, one dogged by memories of horror but glimmering with an improbable hope. When Beah ’ s memoir, 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 ” (Carolyn See, The Washington Post). Now Beah, whom Dave Eggers has called “ arguably the most read African writer in contemporary literature, ” has returned with an affecting, tender parable about postwar life in those regions of Africa still reeling from conflict.

At the center of Radiance of Tomorrow are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after a devestating civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones and drenched in deep despair. The war may be over, but the denizens of Imperi are not spared the dangers that hover over them, menacing as vengeful ghosts. 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. If A Long Way Gone taught us to mourn the crimes of yesterday,Radiance of Tomorrow introduces us to a people who must survive their guilt and accept tomorrow, with all its promise—and radiance.



Publisher: Toronto : Viking, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780670067787
Branch Call Number: FIC Beah
Characteristics: ix, 242 pages ; 24 cm

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Mar 16, 2015

I have never been this angry reading anything in my life. Not angry at the author... but about his subject, about the injustice in the world, about my powerlessness to stop it. This is not a light story, but I am the better for having read it.

ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2014

"A first novel by the internationally best-selling author of A Long Way Gone is an intimate parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone in which two long-time friends return to their ruined home village and struggle to rebuild in the face of violence, scarcity and a corrupt foreign mining company." Fiction A to Z February 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/5fdf91da-47ce-498a-9809-d124d568f696?postId=8c92a5c1-369b-4131-85d1-534a1bd46a6b

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