Little Family: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Beah, Ishmael
Subject:  FICTION / Coming of Age
  FICTION / Cultural Heritage
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: Riverhead
Published: April 2020
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.68in
Availability:
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*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.
Review Quote*"Arguably the most-read African writer in contemporary literature." -Vanity Fair

Praise for A Long Way Gone:

"Everyone in the world should read this book." -The Washington Post 

"A breathtaking and unselfpitying account of how a gentle spirit survives a childhood from which all innocence has suddenly been sucked out. . . truly riveting." -Time

"Deeply moving, even uplifting. . . Beah's story . . . demands to be read." -People 

Praise for The Radiance of Tomorrow:

"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." -The New York Times Book Review 
Biographical NoteIshmael 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.