"A rich and urgently necessary book" (New York Times Book Review), A Moonless, Starless Sky is a masterful, humane work of journalism by Alexis Okeowo--a vivid narrative of Africans who are courageously resisting their continent's wave of fundamentalism.
In A Moonless, Starless Sky Okeowo weaves together four narratives that form a powerful tapestry of modern Africa: a young couple, kidnap victims of Joseph Kony's LRA; a Mauritanian waging a lonely campaign against modern-day slavery; a women's basketball team flourishing amid war-torn Somalia; and a vigilante who takes up arms against the extremist group Boko Haram. This debut book by one of America's most acclaimed young journalists illuminates the inner lives of ordinary people doing the extraordinary--lives that are too often hidden, underreported, or ignored by the rest of the world.
Alexis Okeowo is a staff writer for the New Yorker and a fellow at New America. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Financial Times, Time, and Fortune, among many other publications. The daughter of immigrant parents, Okeowo grew up in Alabama and attended Princeton University. She was based in Lagos, Nigeria, from 2012 to 2015, and now lives in Brooklyn.
Table of Contents
Author's Note xi
1 Uganda: An LRA Love Story 3
2 Mauritania: Not Restrained by Chains 30
3 Nigeria: No Regrets 65
4 Somalia: War and Basketball 101
1 Uganda: In a Perfect Life 123
2 Mauritania: Caravan of Freedom 157
3 Nigeria: Nobody Rescued Them 184
4 Somalia: The Last Two Stadiums in Mogadishu 208
Discussion Questions 240
Guernica's Intervieiv with Alexis Okeowo 242
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NYT-bestselling author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight and Quiet Until the Thaw - Alexandra Fuller
"Finally, finally, finallya humane, skillfully storyteller with sound reporting instincts has dug into the middle of the stories we think we've already heard out of Africa. Alexis Okeowo can write prose as arresting as Ryzard Kapúscinski's, she's got Katherine Boo's big heart, but she has her own fresh way of approaching the work, one that is terribly overdue. Absolutely essential reading, period."
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