: Beah (I.)

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255pp., paperback, New York, 2014


A novel set in Sierra Leone about two old friends who return to their village seven years after the civil war.

“Written with the moral urgency of a parable and the searing precision of a firsthand account ... There is an allegorical richness to Beah's storytelling and a remarkable humanity to his characters. We see tragedy arriving not through the big wallops of war, but rather in corrosive increments.” Sara Corbett, The New York Times Book Review

Ishmael Beah was born in Sierra Leone in 1980. He moved to the United States when he was seventeen and studied political science. Time magazine named his first book, A Long Way Gone: memoirs of a boy soldier, one of their Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2007. Beah is a UNICEF Ambassador and Advocate for Children Affected by War; a member of the Human Rights Watch Children's Rights Advisory Committee; an advisory board member of the Center for the Study of Youth & Political Violence at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; a former visiting scholar at the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University; a senior research fellow at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University; cofounder of the Network of Young People Affected by War, and president of the Ishmael Beah Foundation. He lives in New York.