The Dragons, the Giant, the Women by Wayétu Moore audiobook

The Dragons, the Giant, the Women: A Memoir

By Wayétu Moore
Read by Tovah Ott

Brilliance Audio 9781644450314

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781721366378

  • ISBN: 9781721366378

Runtime: 7.84 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

An Indie Next List Pick

An engrossing memoir of escaping the First Liberian Civil War and building a life in the United States

When Wayétu Moore turns five years old, her father and grandmother throw her a big birthday party at their home in Monrovia, Liberia, but all she can think about is how much she misses her mother, who is working and studying in faraway New York. Before she gets the reunion her father promised her, war breaks out in Liberia. The family is forced to flee their home on foot, walking and hiding for three weeks until they arrive in the village of Lai. Finally, a rebel soldier smuggles them across the border to Sierra Leone, reuniting the family and setting them off on yet another journey, this time to the United States.

Spanning this harrowing journey in Moore’s early childhood, her years adjusting to life in Texas as a black woman and an immigrant, and her eventual return to Liberia, The Dragons, the Giant, the Women is a deeply moving story of the search for home in the midst of upheaval. Moore has a novelist’s eye for suspense and emotional depth, and this unforgettable memoir is full of imaginative, lyrical flights and lush prose. In capturing both the hazy magic and the stark realities of what is becoming an increasingly pervasive experience, Moore shines a light on the great political and personal forces that continue to affect many migrants around the world, and calls us all to acknowledge the tenacious power of love and family.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An elegant, inspired, page-turning memoir I couldn’t put down.” Mary Karr, New York Times bestselling author
“A beautifully written book about the experience of migrating—a story, particularly in this moment, that can never be told enough.” Bitch Media
“Building to a thrumming crescendo, the pages almost fly past. Readers will be both enraptured and heartbroken by Moore’s intimate yet epic story of love for family and home.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“It reads like fiction in the sense that the author’s inhabiting of her mother’s character is absolute. Nonfiction purists might balk at this liberty, but the resulting intimacy is profound…Formally dazzling yet coolly reflective prose makes for a refined memoir.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Wayétu Moore

Author Bio: Wayétu Moore

Wayétu Moore is the founder of One Moore Book and is a graduate of Howard University, Columbia University, and the University of Southern California. She teaches at the City University of New York’s John Jay College.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 7.84
Audience: Adult
Language: English