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PeriodicalLarge Print Book
Author Mengestu, Dinaw, 1978-

Title All our names / Dinaw Mengestu.

Publication Info. Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
 Colchester, Cragin Memorial Library - Adult Department  LP MEN    Check Shelf
Edition Center Point Large Print edition.
Description 319 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Summary All Our Names is the story of two young men who come of age during an African revolution, drawn from the safe confines of the university campus into the intensifying clamor of the streets outside. But as the line between idealism and violence becomes increasingly blurred, the friends are driven apart -- one into the deepest peril, as the movement gathers inexorable force, and the other into the safety of exile in the American Midwest. There, pretending to be an exchange student, he falls in love with a social worker and settles into small-town life. Yet this idyll is inescapably darkened by the secrets of his past: the acts he committed and the work he left unfinished. Most of all, he is haunted by the beloved friend he left behind, the charismatic leader who first guided him to revolution and then sacrificed everything to ensure his freedom. Elegiac, blazing with insights about the physical and emotional geographies that circumscribe our lives, All Our Names is a marvel of vision and tonal command. Writing within the grand tradition of Naipul, Greene, and Achebe, acclaimed author Mengestu gives us a political novel that is also a transfixing portrait of love and grace, of self-determination and the names we are given and the names we earn.
Subject Students, Foreign -- United States -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Women social workers -- United States -- Fiction.
Subject Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction.
Alienation (Social psychology) -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Genre/Form Psychological fiction.
ISBN 9781628990751 (library binding : alk. paper)
1628990759 (library binding : alk. paper)
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