A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa (Hardcover)

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A Moonless, Starless Sky is an arresting piece of journalism. The book follows four stories: a Ugandan couple adjusting to life after escaping the LRA, a radical anti-slavery activist in Mauritania, a government worker fighting Boko Haram in Nigeria, and young women playing basketball in Somalia despite endless death threats from local extremists. Each account frightens and fortifies in equal measure; the individuals profiled display a level of courage and resolve that is difficult to fathom. In giving their stories a platform, Okeowo amplifies voices that need to be heard from a part of the world too often considered hopeless. -Shawn

— From Fall Booknotes 2017


Finalist for the 2018 PEN Open Book Award"A rich and urgently necessary book."---New York Times Book Review

"Absolutely essential reading, period."---Alexandra Fuller, bestselling author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

In the tradition of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, this is a masterful, humane work of literary journalism by New Yorker staff writer Alexis Okeowo--a vivid narrative of Africans who are courageously resisting their continent's wave of fundamentalism.

In A Moonless, Starless Sky Okeowo weaves together four narratives that form a powerful tapestry of modern Africa: a young couple, kidnap victims of Joseph Kony's LRA; a Mauritanian waging a lonely campaign against modern-day slavery; a women's basketball team flourishing amid war-torn Somalia; and a vigilante who takes up arms against the extremist group Boko Haram. This debut book by one of America's most acclaimed young journalists illuminates the inner lives of ordinary people doing the extraordinary--lives that are too often hidden, underreported, or ignored by the rest of the world.

About the Author

Alexis Okeowo is a staff writer for the New Yorker and a fellow at New America. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Financial Times, Time, and Fortune, among many other publications. The daughter of immigrant parents, Okeowo grew up in Alabama and attended Princeton University. She was based in Lagos, Nigeria, from 2012 to 2015, and now lives in Brooklyn.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780316382939
ISBN-10: 0316382930
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Pages: 256
Language: English