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The history of a difficult child

ISBN: 9781784744380
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Chatto & Windus – Trade (UBD)
Origin: GB
Release Date: January, 2024

Book Details

Selam is the youngest child in her large, turbulent family. Even before she is born, her bewitching omniscience animates life in her Small Town in southwestern Ethiopia in the 1980s. Selam and her father listen to the radio in secret as the socialist military junta that recently overthrew the government seizes properties & wages civil war in the North. Once an enterprising, landowning family, now they are ostracised under the new regime. In the Small Town where they live, nosy women convene around coffee ceremonies multiple times a day, the gossip spreading like wildfire. As Selam’s mother, the powerful and relentlessly dignified Degitu, gets sicker, she embraces a persecuted, Pentecostal God, and insists her family convert alongside her. The family stands solidly in opposition to the times, and Selam grows up seeking revenge on despotic comrades, neighborhood bullies, and a ruthless God. Wise beyond her years yet thoroughly naive, she contends with an inner fury, a profound sadness, and a throbbing, unstoppable pursuit of education, freedom, and love.