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Russell Banks is the critically acclaimed author of Cloudsplitter, The Sweet Hereafter (the film by Atom Egoyan won the Grand Prix and International Critics Prize at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival), Rule of the Bone and Continental Drift, amongst others. A winner of numerous fellowships and prizes, he writes regularly for Vanity Fair, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, and Harperâ€™s. Russell Banks currently lives in upstate New York.
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A powerful novel centring on the unrest and eventual Civil War in Liberia. It concerns a left-wing extremist who gets caught up in a life too big for her to handle. It is one of those hard-hitting books that stays with you long after you have finished it.Similar this month: None but try Kazuo Ishiguro or Joan Brady.Comparison: J M Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, André Brink.To view a reading guide for this title click here