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The Shadow King, Mengiste,  Maaza
The Shadow King
Maaza Mengiste

Paperback $29.99 - A&U Canongate
Fiction - Published: 7/Jan/2020 - ISBN: 9781838851392

Set during Mussolini's 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, The Shadow King casts a light on the women soldiers who were written out of history. With the threat of Mussolini's army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid. As the war begins in earnest, Hirut and other women long to do more than care for the wounded and bury the dead. When Emperor Haile Selassie goes into exile and Ethiopia quickly loses hope, it is Hirut who offers a plan to maintain morale. Maaza Mengiste breathes life into complicated characters on both sides of the battle line, shaping a heartrending, indelible exploration of what it means to be a woman at war.

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