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No Heaven for Good Boys
A Novel
By (author): Keisha Bush
9780399591969 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Coming of Age Jan 26, 2021
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.34 x 9.53 x 1.11 in | 1.15 lb 336 pages Random House
In this evocative debut novel, two boys in the bustling city of Dakar, Senegal, band together against the forces of darkness while trying to find their way home.

Six-year-old Ibrahimah loves devouring pastries from his mother’s kitchen, harvesting green beans with his father, and racing down to the beach in search of sea glass with his sisters. But when he is approached in his rural village one day by Marabout Ahmed, a seemingly kind stranger and highly regarded teacher, the tides of his life turn forever. Unbeknownst to Ibrahimah’s parents, when Ibrahimah is sent to join his cousin Etienne to study the Koran for a year—the local custom for many families—Ibrahimah is sent out to beg in the streets in order to line his teacher’s pockets.

To make it back home alive, Etienne and Ibrahimah must help one another survive both the dangers posed by Marabout and the myriad threats of the city: black market organ traders, rival packs of boys from other daaras, and mounting student protest on the streets.

Drawn from real incidents, this extraordinary debut novel locates the universal through the story of two boys caught in the terrible sweep of history. Transporting us between rural and urban Senegal, No Heaven for Good Boys shows the strength that can emerge when one has no other choice but to survive.

Story Locale: Dakar, Senegal

CHARACTERS ARE INSPIRED BY REAL BOYS: Bush addresses a critical contemporary issue never-before represented in fiction—the dark side of many Quaranic schools in Senegal: forced begging and child trafficking. According to a 2014 Human Rights Watch report, 54,000 children aged 5-15 live in such schools in Dakar, and more than half of them are forced to beg for ten hours a day. Bush captures the disturbing backdrop of the lives of these young boys, subjected to slave-like conditions.

BASED ON AUTHOR’S EXPERIENCE: The novel is grounded in the author’s experience living and working for four years in Dakar, where she forged bonds with the young beggars.

Keisha Bush has received writing fellowships from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Moulin à Nef, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and VONA. She received her MFA in creative writing from The New School, where she was a Riggio Honors Teaching Fellow, Eugene Lang College Teaching Assistant, and recipient of an NSPE Dean’s Scholarship. After a career in corporate finance and international development that brought her to live in Dakar, Senegal, she decided to focus full-time on her writing. She now lives in East Harlem.

Author Residence: New York, NY

Author Hometown: Boston, MA

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No Heaven for Good Boys is a compelling, devastating novel with unforgettable characters. Keisha Bush doesn’t shy away from portraying the shattered lives of the children on Dakar’s streets and the injustices that they suffer, but she does so with great compassion and empathy.”Deepa Anappara, author of Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line 

“An extraordinary literary debut, as mesmerizing as it is heartbreaking…Bush is an amazing storyteller, by turns harrowing and tender, and no matter how difficult the journey, she never lets us lose sight of the two young cousins who are the beating hopeful loving heart of this triumphant must-read novel.”—Junot Díaz 

“You’ll root for Ibrahimah at every heart-wrenching turn as Bush explores his world and the difficult choices his family makes for the sake of honor and tradition.”—Melissa Rivero, author of The Affairs of the Falcóns 

“A transporting and beautifully written novel, No Heaven for Good Boys is a testament to the power of friendship and the tenacity of the human spirit.”—Jasmin Darznik, author of Song of a Captive Bird 

“A propulsive and captivating novel…The characters are fully realized and empathetically rendered; I was rooting for Ibrahimah and his family from page one. I’m so glad that Bush has told this story.”—Mandy Berman, author of The Learning Curve 

“A captivating story of modern-day Senegal, beautifully written, wonderfully told.”—David Updike, author of Old Girlfriends 

“A tale of resilience and survival.”The Millions 

“[A] powerful, Dickensian debut novel…Bush is a born storyteller, who knows how to speak in the language of the boys she brings to life. They are hungry and they want love—the latter being the word most often used in this devastating, drawn-from-real-events story.”Literary Hub 

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