Thursday, December 06, 2007
2007 Guardian First Book Award wiiner announced
"A novel that tackles fraught questions of identity, dislocation and loneliness through the life of an Ethiopian emigre in the US has taken this year's Guardian First Book Award. Dinaw Mengestu's Children of the Revolution tells the story of Sepha Stephanos, a man who fled to America to escape the violence of Ethiopia's communist revolution after witnessing his father's death at the hands of junta soldiers. Seventeen years later, running a struggling convenience store in a once grand but now dilapidated neighbourhood of Washington DC, Stephanos is still trying to find his place in the new world"