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Radiance of Tomorrow
Radiance of Tomorrow: A Novel | Ishmael Beah
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A haunting, beautiful first novel by the bestselling author of A Long Way Gone When Ishmael Beah's A Long Way Gone was published in 2007, it soared to the top of bestseller lists, becoming an instant classic: a harrowing account of Sierra Leone's civil war and the fate of child soldiers that "everyone in the world should read" (The Washington Post). Now Beah, whom Dave Eggers has called "arguably the most read African writer in contemporary literature," has returned with his first novel, an affecting, tender parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone. At the center of Radiance of Tomorrow are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones. As more villagers begin to come back, Benjamin and Bockarie try to forge a new community by taking up their former posts as teachers, but they're beset by obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, thievery, rape, and retaliation; and the depredations of a foreign mining company intent on sullying the town's water supply and blocking its paths with electric wires. As Benjamin and Bockarie search for a way to restore order, they're forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and future alike. With the gentle lyricism of a dream and the moral clarity of a fable, Radiance of Tomorrow is a powerful novel about preserving what means the most to us, even in uncertain times. Named one of the Christian Science Monitor's best fiction books of 2014
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violabrain
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to like this book because I loved A Long Way Gone and Ishmael Beah was at Oberlin at the same time as me. But the structure of the book just didn‘t work for me. It felt like it was supposed to be inspired by storytelling traditions, but most of the book felt formless and meandering without much focus or narrative arc.

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yvo_about_books
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Nothing like a bit of afternoon reading in the garden... I'm definitely happy Spring is almost here! 😍 #amreading #garden #springtime

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Robothugs
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🎆Fourth of July #bookhaul! The top three are from Dollar Tree. 👍🏻😁

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dariazeoli I bought Radiance of Tomorrow at Dollar Tree, too! ☺️ 2y
Robothugs @dariazeoli awesome!! 😄 I love finding books I've been wanting at Dollar Tree!! 2y
RealBooks4ever 💜Midnight💜 2y
minkyb Fun! 2y
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spinesvines
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#ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge
Day 13 - Book Spine Poetry!

Americanah,
I'm Judging You
Invisible Man, Got The Whole World Watching
Kill 'Em and Leave?
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours
Writing My Wrongs
Here Comes The Sun
The Fire This Time
Radiance of Tomorrow

#spinesvines #blackhistorymonth #poetry

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Kristy_K
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I bought this recently from Book Outlet and got a pleasant surprise when I opened the cover and saw it was signed!
#readjanuary #signed

tjwill Awesome! I loved his memoir. I haven't read this yet though! 3y
Christinak What an awesome find. I too picked up a copy of a book at a used book sale and it was signed. BONUS! 3y
Kimzey I love his signature! 3y
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Heidsalot
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Pickpick

This book was so beautiful and so horribly distressing. It's definitely a testimony to the strength of love, humanity, and hope. A coincidentally very timely read, too, as a coworker and I just had a conversation about the perspective of our fellow Americans on what makes a good life and how little value/happiness people actually take in what they do have.

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Heidsalot
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Yazzie approves of my chill Saturday night style.

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sj_connor
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Some months there's just a really clear winner. #bestofoctober #booktober

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Heidsalot
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Beah writes in the style traditional to the storytelling of his homeland. Definitely more lyrical than I am used to and wasn't too sure about it at first, but it is really growing on me.

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sj_connor
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Pickpick

This is a beautiful, heartbreaking modern folktale about family and community and injustice and survival set in post-war Sierra Leone. I think it's flown under the radar a bit because the jacket copy makes it sound like a stone cold bummer and yeah, some of it's real rough going, but there's still somehow such a sense of hope flowing through it. Also there are Teen Vigilantes, which is always an incentive for me.

RanaElizabeth I liked this quite a bit. 3y
ingredientx Great review! Adding it to my to read list 3y
sj_connor @RanaElizabeth Yeah, I'm really glad I picked it up. 3y
sj_connor @ingredientx Awesome, I hope you like it! 3y
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sj_connor
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This is something I picked up from the bargain section of Barnes and Noble on a whim a while back just because it looked interesting. I'm less than 40 pages in but oh man, I already love it, this is 100% what I want to be reading right now.

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Liatrek
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Bad day at work equals book therapy spend😊 I hope these are good. Not that it matters a new book in the home is adding peace to my soul.

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CareBear
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I think I've been waiting for this book my whole life - about how a country and its people try to rebuild after a war has destroyed most of it. Beah does an amazing job keeping the novel hopeful and heartbreaking at the same time. Also thoroughly enjoyed listening to the audiobook version.

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CareBear
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#audiocoloring is my new favorite hobby!

jessberk13 YES!!! I'm so happy this is catching on! 3y
CareBear @jessica it's brilliant, really. I used to color while I watched tv but it's much nicer listening to an audiobook! 3y
jessberk13 @CareBear it's a great thing to do!! 3y
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