On Sale: September 1, 2011
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A gripping new novel from today's "most important African
novelist". (The New York Times Review of Books)
A dozen years after his last visit, Jeebleh returns
to his beloved Mogadiscio to see old friends. He is
accompanied by his son-in-law, Malik, a journalist intent on
covering the region's ongoing turmoil. What greets them at
first is not the chaos Jeebleh remembers, however, but an
eerie calm enforced by ubiquitous white-robed figures
Meanwhile, Malik's brother, Ahl, has
arrived in Puntland, the region notorious as a pirates'
base. Ahl is searching for his stepson, Taxliil, who has
vanished from Minneapolis, apparently recruited by an imam
allied to Somalia's rising religious insurgency. The
brothers' efforts draw them closer to Taxliil and deeper
into the fabric of the country, even as Somalis brace
themselves for an Ethiopian invasion. Jeebleh leaves
Mogadiscio only a few hours before the borders are breached
and raids descend from land and sea. As the uneasy quiet
shatters and the city turns into a battle zone, the brothers
experience firsthand the derailments of war.
Completing the trilogy that began with Links
and Knots, Crossbones is a fascinating look at
individuals caught in the maw of zealotry, profiteering, and
political conflict, by one of our most highly acclaimed
Weekend Edition Sunday - September 25, 2011
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