Let The Lion Eat Straw

Let The Lion Eat Straw

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Hailed upon publication by writers and critics alike, including Shirley Hazzard and Charles Johnson, Let the Lion Eat Straw is a dazzling novel that tells the story of Abeba Williams, whose mother abandons the poverty of the South -- and in the process her daughter -- for opportunities up North. Missing her mother, she clings to Mamma Habblesham, a woman with enviable reserves of love and hope. Their affection for each other seems boundless -- until Abeba's mother returns to take her to Brooklyn.

As Abeba grows up, her exceptional musical talent promises to be an avenue of escape. But a handsome singer distracts her, and opportunities that once seemed so close begin to fall away. Now married with children of her own, she fights to maintain the dignity of her family. Let the Lion Eat Straw is a revelation of the glory in apparently ordinary lives.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 132.1 x 208.3 x 17.8mm | 136.08g
  • Amistad Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060724218
  • 9780060724214
  • 2,168,083

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"Full of life."--School Library Journal "A glorious rebirth! The republication of this milestone...is cause for great celebration indeed."--Sapphire, author of Push "Revealing the grace... in ordinary lives... [this] is a novel worthy of a place in the annals of literature."--The Portland Skanner "Remarkable....A graceful hymn of love."--Time "This lyrical, haunting novel remains a stirring testament to the power of the human spirit and the gift of love."--The Seattle Skanner "Imbued with African folklore...less a novel than a myth."--The New Yorker "A remarkable first novel....that transcends race and class."--Los Angeles Times "As moving as it is wisely, lyrically told."--O magazine "It's difficult to believe that a first novel can be...so rich of characterization....But this one is."--Chattanooga Times "Important....It has a rich, live, radiant validity, offering characters memorably exciting."--Gwendolyn Brooks "An amazing achievement!"--Kristin Hunter "Touching and lovingly crafted, Let the Lion Eat Straw has been away from us too long."--Washington Post Book World "Strong and beautiful....There is so much courage, honesty and life in this novel."--Shirley Hazzard "There is more life and character, more that will linger in the mind, than in countless novels twice as long!"--New York Post "A masterpiece...brilliant, graceful, poetic!"--St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Accomplished...[a] special beauty."--Library Journal "I felt in the presence of a talent which touches the universal."--Madeleine L'Engle "A beautiful book...of startling originality, simplicity, insight, and grace."--Richard Elman ..". this poetic and memorable novel remains a testament to the power of resurrection and the powerful gift of love."--Ebony
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About Ellease Southerland

Ellease Southerland, recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Award for Poetry, is professor of African Literature at Pace University in New York. The author of the novel A Feast of Fools and the poetry collection The Magic Sun Spins, Ms. Southerland divides her time between Nigeria and New York City.
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97 ratings
3.53 out of 5 stars
5 25% (24)
4 28% (27)
3 31% (30)
2 9% (9)
1 7% (7)
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