The Thief of Words

The Thief of Words

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
Arriving as a volunteer in Sierra Leone, Nora Fenton, who has little understanding of the local complexities of race and religion, or the hidden politics of the diamond trade, has many affairs, which are documented by a writer who is in love with her.

Norton Pub
A powerful and elegant novel about loss and possession, set in New York City and Africa.
Young, and full of an unfathomed desire to immerse herself in Africa, Nora Fenton arrives as a volunteer in a coastal village in Sierra Leone: an American innocent, an accident waiting to happen. She has little understanding of the turbulence in her heart, of the complexities of race and religion in this place, or the hidden politics of the diamond trade. The layered account of her love affairs -- prickly Aurelia, a South African refugee; soft-spoken, green-eyed Morlai -- is interspersed with the confession by a writer named Owen of his doomed love for Nora years later in New York. In the angles between these characters lies a kaleidoscope of hidden stories and half-truths, wherein simplicity is fractured into unbearable complexity. And throughout, Owen’s voice – masterful, elegant, and yet unhinged by loss – casts a spell, drawing us in and ratcheting up the intensity until we arrive at the devastating final chapters.

Baker
& Taylor

Arriving as a volunteer in Sierra Leone, Nora Fenton, who has little understanding of the complexities of race and religion in this place, or the hidden politics of the diamond trade, has many affairs, which are documented by a writer named Owen who is in love with her.

Publisher: New York : Quantuck Lane Press ; Distributed by: W.W. Norton & Co., 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781593720506
1593720505
Characteristics: 234 p. ; 28 cm

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