Following her debut Black Mamba Boy, Somali writer Nadifa Mohamed's stirring second novel delicately weaves the fragile lives of three generations of women together as their beloved country plunges into civil war.
Looking at Somalia from the comfort of our living rooms, this beleaguered, battered state will strike many of us as terrifying, a place almost entirely closed to outsiders. An awareness of skewed politics and disease-ridden refugee camps might indeed be all we have experienced. For the most part our knowledge of ordinary Somali people is therefore limited and of its women, even less. Therefore any opportunity to gain even a smidgen of understanding is invaluable.
Despite having left the country with her family at the tender age of four, in The Orchard of Lost Souls, Mohamed manages an uncannily authentic portrayal of the dawning of a conflict that shattered the existence ...
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