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The red moon : a novel

Author: Kuwana Haulsey
Publisher: New York : One World/Ballantine Books, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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The novel centers on Nasarian, the daughter of a successful Samburu herdsman and his Somali fourth wife. On the verge of adulthood, Nasarian finds herself trapped between the demands of her traditional tribal life and her desire to live abroad as a writer. When her parents die suddenly, Nasarian's plan to escape her sheltered world is undermined by her scornful brother Lolorok. Disgusted by Nasarian's refusal to be  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Bildungsromans
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Haulsey, Kuwana, 1973-
Red moon.
New York : One World/Ballantine Books, 2004
(OCoLC)647122807
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kuwana Haulsey
ISBN: 0345472497 9780345472496
OCLC Number: 56435434
Notes: Includes a reader's guide.
Description: 298 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Kuwana Haulsey.

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The novel centers on Nasarian, the daughter of a successful Samburu herdsman and his Somali fourth wife. On the verge of adulthood, Nasarian finds herself trapped between the demands of her traditional tribal life and her desire to live abroad as a writer. When her parents die suddenly, Nasarian's plan to escape her sheltered world is undermined by her scornful brother Lolorok. Disgusted by Nasarian's refusal to be circumcised and thus initiated into the traditional role of wife and mother, Lolorok allows his sister to be inherited by a distant cousin. Nasarian is convinced that no matter how hard she fights, she will never be allowed to call her life her own. She is dogged by the memory of her father, who was caught in the midst of a brutal war, branded with the name Mau Mau, imprisoned as a terrorist. She is haunted by the spirit of her mother, captured in a bloody raid and destined, like Nasarian, to be an outcast. Nasarian runs away, sparking a sweeping journey of discovery that evokes fifty years and three generations of her family history. Weaving ancient myth and folklore into the tapestry of Nasarian's personal quest, The Red Moon chronicles the yearning of a brave young woman while simultaneously depicting a nation's equally fierce search for a truthful and lasting spiritual independence.

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