The Brightest Sun

The Brightest Sun

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Marking the debut of a bright new literary talent comes an affecting story set in Sub-Saharan Africa that follows three very different women who grapple with motherhood, recalibrate their identities, and confront unexpected tragedies and triumphs. As their lives intertwine in unexpected ways, each must face their own challenges and in doing so, they find there is strength traversing the arid landscapes of tenuous human connection.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Park Row Books, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780778331278
Branch Call Number: BENSON
Characteristics: 323 pages ; 24 cm

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"epic tale of mothers and daughters" - Alan

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SurreyLibrarian May 02, 2019

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In Benson’s debut novel, we are swept away to the world of Africa, where European settlers in the big cities live alongside traditional villages with its inhabitants and culture. Throughout the stories in this book, the thread that ties it all together is the theme of moth... Read More »


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SurreyLibrarian May 02, 2019

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In Benson’s debut novel, we are swept away to the world of Africa, where European settlers in the big cities live alongside traditional villages with its inhabitants and culture. Throughout the stories in this book, the thread that ties it all together is the theme of motherhood.

We meet Leona, a woman traveling from the United States to study and live among the villagers. After accidentally getting pregnant and giving birth to her daughter Adia, Leona decides to hand off raising the child to Simi, the only villager who can speak English and who yearns for a child of her own but cannot have.

Meanwhile, Jane, another Westerner, has arrived to photograph the horrors of elephant poaching. She winds up falling in love with a fellow ex-pat and the two have a daughter of their own: Grace.

Eventually, the stories of Leona, Simi, Jane, and Grace all intertwine like the gnarled roots of an African tree rising high from the desert ground. This is an epic tale of mothers and daughters, friendship, culture and colonization, family secrets, and the need to belong, all set against the backdrop of the blazing African sun

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