Meeting Ishmael Beah and then listening to him give a talk actually gave me goosebumps. It was like having dinner with Gandhi or Mandela. If you haven’t read his autobiography, A Long Way Gone, march yourself over to our biography section and grab that one, too!
Beah was born in Sierra Leone in 1990 and became a boy soldier in their brutal civil war. Miraculously, he escaped that life and emigrated to the U.S., where he went to school and became an important human rights advocate.
In his novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, villagers begin to return home in the aftermath of war to discover that the old ways may be gone forever. Humorous, heart-wrenching and unforgettable.— Jill
“Beah's lush and beautiful prose draws the reader into a story both devastating and uplifting. What happens after true evil destroys a country? In A Long Way Gone Beah wrote a moving memoir about the carnage in his native Sierra Leone. Now, his novel deals with what comes after the battles are over. How do people confront what they have endured and move on? Beah creates many memorable characters, each with tales that will break your heart while they also give you hope for the future.”
— Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books, Sunriver, OR