What: Watermark Books & Café invites you to attend a virtual author event with the New York Times bestselling author of A Long Way Gone. Ishmael Beah will be in conversation with Wichita's own Ted Ayres on Zoom to discuss Ishmael's newest book Little Family—A powerful novel about young people living at the margins of society, struggling to replace the homes they have lost with the one they have created together.
When: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (CST)
Where: This is a virtual event and will be hosted online with the help of Zoom and Facebook Live. Ishmael will answer attendee questions via the Zoom webinar. To register click HERE.
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About the Book
Hidden away from a harsh outside world, five young people have improvised a home in an abandoned airplane, a relic of their country’s tumultuous past. Elimane, the bookworm, is as street-smart as he is wise. Clever Khoudiemata maneuvers to keep the younger kids—athletic, pragmatic Ndevui, thoughtful Kpindi, and especially their newest member, Namsa—safe and fed. When Elimane makes himself of service to the shadowy William Handkerchief, it seems as if the little family may be able to keep the world at bay and their household intact. But when Khoudi comes under the spell of the “beautiful people”—the fortunate sons and daughters of the elite—the desire to resume an interrupted coming of age and follow her own destiny proves impossible to resist.
A profound and tender portrayal of the connections we forge to survive the fate we’re dealt, Little Family marks the further blossoming of a unique global voice.
About Ishmael Beah
Ishmael Beah is the Sierra Leonean and American author of the novel Radiance of Tomorrow and the memoir A Long Way Gone, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller and has been published in more than forty languages. A UNICEF Ambassador and Advocate for Children Affected by War, and a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Advisory Committee, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their children.