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Author: Alexis Okeowo Narrator: Kamali Minter Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781478941200
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In the tradition of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, this is a masterful, humane work of literary journalism by New Yorker staff writer Alexis Okeowo—a vivid narrative of Africans who are courageously resisting their continent’s wave of fundamentalism.

In A Moonless, Starless Sky, Okeowo weaves together four narratives that form a powerful tapestry of modern Africa: a young couple, kidnap victims of Joseph Kony’s LRA; a Mauritanian waging a lonely campaign against modern-day slavery; a women’s basketball team flourishing amid war-torn Somalia; and a vigilante who takes up arms against the extremist group Boko Haram. This debut book by one of America’s most acclaimed young journalists illuminates the inner lives of ordinary people doing the extraordinary—lives that are too often hidden, underreported, or ignored by the rest of the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The stories…[are] just riveting and so thoughtfully told.”

    Vogue

  • “A rich and urgently necessary book…Okeowo has taken their stories, crafted them in all their courage and complexity, and placed them at the center of the story of what it is to be human.”

    New York Times

  • “Clear-eyed, lyrical, observant, and compassionate—reportage at its finest.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Okeowo’s in-depth, perceptive reporting gives a voice to … extraordinarily courageous—and resilient—women and men.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Okeowo has an alert and thoughtful eye for the unexpected. The portraits and voices she brings us from Africa are so vivid that the reader can easily forget the determination and bravery it must have taken to gather them in these unhappy corners of the continent.”

    Adam Hochschild, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Absolutely essential reading, period.”

    Alexandra Fuller, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Spectacular reporting. Full of fresh, unexpected detail. If you want to get an immediate sense of the lives, both quotidian and extraordinary, of Africans in some of the continent’s most troubled countries, read Alexis Okeowo’s book.”

    William Finnegan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

  • “Okeowo has wandered as a reporter into some of Africa’s most difficult and dangerous corners and delivered something remarkable: real characters, women and men, fully rendered.”

    Howard W. French, author of Everything under the Heavens

  • A Vogue Best Book of 2017
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • Longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award

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About the Author

Alexis Okeowo is a staff writer for the New Yorker and a fellow at the New America Foundation. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Financial Times, Time, and Fortune, among many other publications. She is a graduate of Princeton University.

About the Narrator

Kamali Minter is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.