Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah

Radiance of TomorrowImperi’s citizens fled during the war, but hope brought back those who could return home. Among them are three elders, two school teachers and ex-child soldiers. They face challenges of the past and then challenges of the future when a mining company comes to Imperi. They will face the decision to give up on life or choose in the radiance of tomorrow that is hope…

The vividness of the characters, and the differing life stages they are at, brings the reader into post-war modern life in Sierra Leone. The reader wants to know what will happen to the dedicated school teachers, the quietly wise elders and others. The story is heartbreaking, while also showing the power of hope, and compelling. Beah shows the strengthening rhythms of village life -when things are as they should be- and the alluring but challenging life of the city. His metaphorical language, for instance calling hope “the radiance of tomorrow”, also brings the reader into the story. Radiance of Tomorrow could be a match for those looking for conflict in Africa, expressive language, relatable characters and/or a compelling story.

Want other books like Radiance of Tomorrow? These books also deal with Africans living in through, and after, conflict.

A poor houseboy, an African woman who has become involved with a professor and others struggle to survive war in Nigeria in the 1960s in Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

A Rwandan Tutsi Olympic runner struggles to survive the horror of genocide and rebuild his life after in Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron.

Beah’s memoir, A Long Way Gone, provides his look at the conflict which the characters of Radiance of Tomorrow live in the aftermath of.





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