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LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019.
A powerful, well-researched, fictional account exploring the trokosi tradition for the curious and the open-minded, from the award-winning author of The Book of Harlan.
Abeo Kata lives a comfortable, happy life in West Africa as the privileged nine-year-old daughter of a government employee and stay-at-home mother. But when the Katas' idyllic lifestyle takes a turn for the worse, Abeo's father, following his mother's advice, places her in a religious shrine, hoping that the sacrifice of his daughter will serve as religious atonement for the crimes of his ancestors.
Unspeakable acts befall Abeo for the fifteen years she is enslaved within the shrine. When she is finally rescued, broken and battered, she must struggle to overcome her past, endure the revelation of family secrets, and learn to trust and love again.
In our global political landscape where children are treated as justifiable casualties in the struggle for power, Praise Song for the Butterflies is an unflinching tale of the devastation children are subject to when adults are ruled by fear and someone must pay the consequences. Spanning decades and two continents, this exquisite novel will break and heal your heart.
Closing date: 29/02/2020
Publication date: 31/01/2019
Publisher: Jacaranda Books Art Music Ltd
|Publication date:||31st January 2019|
|Author:||Bernice L. McFadden|
|Publisher:||Jacaranda Books Art Music Ltd|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Religion: general, Family & relationships,|