Publication Date: August 22, 2023
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From the winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature, a sweeping, multi-generational saga of displacement, loss, and love, set against the brutal colonization of east Africa
When he was just a boy, Ilyas was stolen from his parents on the coast of east Africa by German colonial troops. After years away, fighting against his own people, he returns home to find his parents gone and his sister, Afiya, abandoned into de facto slavery. Hamza, too, returns from the war, scarred in body and soul and with nothing but the clothes on his back--until he meets the beautiful, undaunted Afiya. As these young people live, work, and fall in love, their fates knotted ever more tightly, the shadow of a new war on another continent falls over them, threatening once again to carry them away.
Story Locale:Swahili coast of present-day Tanzania
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