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North of Dawn
A Novel
By (author): Nuruddin Farah
9780735214231 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Dec 04, 2018
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.24 x 9.35 x 1.23 in 384 pages Riverhead Riverhead Books
A couple’s tranquil life abroad is irrevocably transformed by the arrival of their son’s widow and children, in the latest from Somalia’s most celebrated novelist.

For decades, Gacalo and Mugdi have lived in Oslo, where they’ve led a peaceful, largely assimilated life and raised two children. Their beloved son, Dhaqaneh, however, is driven by feelings of alienation to jihadism in Somalia, where he kills himself in a suicide attack. The couple reluctantly offers a haven to his family. But on arrival in Oslo, their daughter-in-law cloaks herself even more deeply in religion, while her children hunger for the freedoms of

their new homeland, a rift that will have lifealtering consequences for the entire family.

Set against the backdrop of real events, North of Dawn is a provocative, devastating story of love, loyalty, and national identity that asks whether it is ever possible to escape a legacy of violence—and if so, at what cost.

Story Locale: Oslo, Norway

TIMELY THEMES: Farah gives us a nuanced, sympathetic depiction of a family grappling with radical Islam, xenophobia, displacement, and questions of identity -politically, culturally, philosophically, and personally. Like the works of Mohsin Hamid, Dinaw Mengestu, and others, it humanizes, and invites readers to engage with, these fraught contemporary issues in a powerful and accessible way.

PRE-PUB BUZZ: Kirkus hailed North of Dawn as “a beacon of hope against fear and loathing” in a glowing starred review, while Booklist praised the novel as “a soulful look at the divide between zealous ideology and secularism” and Vanity Fair included on a round-up of Fall’s Best Books from Around the World.

MEDIA HOOKS: With pro- and anti-immigration movements and acts of extremism continuing to make headlines around the world, there will be ample media pegs for Farah and this book. He is already a go-to figure for op eds and essays on extremist movements in East Africa.

ACCLAIMED AUTHOR: Farah’s previous novel, Hiding in Plain Sight, was published to a chorus of critical praise from the likes of NPR and the New York Times Book Review; the New York Review of Books has deemed him the “most important African novelist to emerge in the past twenty-five years,” and his name continues to be invoked in conjunction with the Nobel.

Nuruddin Farah is the author of eleven previous novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages and won numerous awards, including the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

Author Residence: Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; Cape Town, South Africa


“Farah writes smart, surprising, elegant prose.” -Washington Post

“A political novel that is also a family drama-a searing, necessary story about identity, xenophobia, and family loyalty from a Nobel Prize nominee.” -Marie Claire

“Powerful and timely.” -Real Simple


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