The Thief of Words by Starling Lawrence

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A powerful and elegant novel about loss and possession, set in New York City and Africa.

and full of an unfathomed desire to immerse herself in Africa, Nora Fenton
arrives as a volunteer in a coastal village in Sierra Leone: an American
innocent, an accident waiting to happen. She has little understanding of the
turbulence in her heart, of the complexities of race and religion in this
place, or the hidden politics of the diamond trade. The layered account of her
love affairs -- prickly Aurelia, a South African refugee; soft-spoken,
green-eyed Morlai -- is interspersed with the confession by a writer named Owen
of his doomed love for Nora years later in New York. In the angles between
these characters lies a kaleidoscope of hidden stories and half-truths, wherein
simplicity is fractured into unbearable complexity. And throughout, Owen’s
voice – masterful, elegant, and yet unhinged by loss – casts a spell, drawing
us in and ratcheting up the intensity until we arrive at the devastating final


About Starling Lawrence

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Starling Lawrence is editor at large at W. W. Norton and the author of the highly praised Montenegro and The Lightning Keeper. His fiction has been awarded the Lytle Prize by the Sewanee Review and the Balch Prize by the Virginia Quarterly Review
Published March 28, 2013 by Quantuck Lane Press. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Elegant, elegiac novel from publisher/writer Lawrence (Montenegro, 1997, etc.), set in a dangerous time and place.

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