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SHORTLISTED FOR THE ALBERTINE PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY ESQUIRE • LONGLISTED FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTION • LONGLISTED FOR THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE
Burundi, 1992. For ten-year-old Gabriel, life in his snug expatriate neighborhood of Bujumbura along with his French father, Rwandan mom and little sister Ana, is one thing near paradise.
These are carefree days of laughter and journey – sneaking Supermatch cigarettes and gorging on stolen mangoes – as he and his mischievous gang of buddies remodel their tiny cul-de-sac into their kingdom.
However darkish clouds are gathering over this small nation, and shortly their peaceable existence will shatter when Burundi, and neighboring Rwanda, are brutally hit by civil battle and genocide.
A novel of extraordinary energy and wonder,
Small Nation describes an finish of innocence as seen by way of the eyes of a kid caught within the maelstrom of historical past. Shot by way of with shadows and light-weight, tragedy and humor, it’s a stirring tribute not solely to a darkish chapter in Africa’s previous, but in addition to the brilliant days that preceded it.