On Sale: October 30, 2014
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From an acclaimed African writer, a novel about family,
freedom, and loyalty.
When Bella learns of the murder of her beloved half brother
by political extremists in Mogadiscio, sheâ€™s in Rome. The
two had different fathers but shared a Somali mother, from
whom Bellaâ€™s inherited her freewheeling ways. An
internationally known fashion photographer, dazzling but
aloof, she comes and goes as she pleases, juggling three
But with her teenage niece and nephew effectively orphaned â€“
their mother abandoned them years agoâ€”she feels an
unfamiliar surge of protective feeling. Putting her life on
hold, she journeys to Nairobi, where the two are in boarding
school, uncertain whether she canâ€”or mustâ€”come to their rescue.
When their mother resurfaces, reasserting her maternal
rights and bringing with her a gale of chaos and confusion
that mirror the deepening political instability in the
region, Bella has to decide how far she will go to obey the
call of sisterly responsibility.
A new departure in theme and setting for â€śthe most important
African novelist to emerge in the past twenty-five yearsâ€ť
(The New York Review of Books) Hiding in Plain Sight, is a
profound exploration of the tensions between freedom and
obligation, the ways gender and sexual preference define us,
and the unexpected paths by which the political disrupts the
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