Hannah Musgrave has always been on the run: from her adoring parents, her many lovers, even from herself. As a young woman, she dropped out of her privileged Boston world to work for the terrorist group the Weathermen. Her activities put Hannah on the FBI's most wanted list forcing her to flee to Liberia in West Africa. There she marries an ambitious, young politician and settles down to being a wife and mother. Liberia, in the meantime, is a country waiting to explode. A century of American exploitation has created a corrupt elite and a fragile military state where the threat of civil war is ever present. The violent events that follow touch everyone close to Hannah and once again she has to escape. This time though the past won't disappear. Reminiscent of the novels of Greene and Conrad, The Darling is big, bold, utterly compelling storytelling.
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- Hardback | 400 pages
- 153 x 234mm
- 21 Mar 2005
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
About Russell Banks
Russell Banks is the critically acclaimed author of Cloudsplitter, The Sweet Hereafter (the film by Atom Egoyan won the Grand Prix and International Critics Prize at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival), Rule of the Bone and Continental Drift, amongst others. A winner of numerous fellowships and prizes, he writes regularly for Vanity Fair, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, and Harper's. Russell Banks currently lives in upstate New York.
'Magnificent...Russell Banks has created a story that is both shattering and reassuring, and a narrator, Bone, who will stay with me for the rest of my life.' Roddy Doyle on RULE OF THE BONE 'Everything about 'Affliction' is impressive...it will not let go of you, I swear, until you turn the last page.' Elmore Leonard on AFFLICTION 'Russell Banks's work presents...the uncompromising moral voice of our time.' Michael Ondaatje on CLOUDSPLITTER