PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND WE HOPE TO RESCHEDULE FOR A FUTURE DATE. In order to limit opportunities for the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, this event has been cancelled. We are working with the author to reschedule to a later date this spring. Thank you.
A powerful novel about young people in a conflict-scarred land, struggling to replace the homes they have lost with the one they have created together.
Hidden away from a harsh outside world, five young people have improvised a home in an abandoned airplane, a relic of their country's chaos. Elimane, the bookworm, is as street-smart as he is wise. Clever Khoudiemata maneuvers to keep the younger kids--athletic, pragmatic Ndevui; thoughtful Kpindi; and especially their newest member, Namsa--safe and fed. When Elimane makes himself of service to the shadowy William Handkerchief, it seems as if the little family may be able to keep the world at bay and their household intact. But when Khoudi comes under the spell of the "beautiful people"--the fortunate sons and daughters of the powerful--the desire to resume an interrupted coming of age and follow her own destiny proves impossible to resist.
A profound and tender portrayal of the connections we forge to survive the fate we're dealt, Little Family marks the further blossoming of a unique global voice.
Ishmael Beah's first book, A Long Way Gone Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and has been published in more than forty languages. Among other work on behalf of young people affected by war, Beah is a UNICEF Ambassador and Advocate for Children Affected by War and a member of the Human Rights Watch Children's Rights Advisory Committee. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their children.
“[A] vibrant outing. . . . Beah informs his characters’ blend of street savvy and naïveté with bursts of details. . . . Fans of African postcolonial fiction are in for a treat.” — Publishers Weekly
"An ingenious setup. . . . readers will be drawn to discover what befalls a group fending for itself amid conflict and crime. Beah draws on both his life and imagination to depict children leading brave, provisional lives." — Kirkus
“Unflinching and unadorned, Beah’s novel provides an indelible portrait of desperate survival.” —Booklist (starred review)
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