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  • A quietly accomplished debut novel... Despite, or perhaps because of, the attritions of his years in exile, Sepha has remained astonishingly tender. In the end, it is this human warmth that triumphs

  • Brilliant... a courageous and engaging novel

    Daily Telegraph
  • With faultless pitch and tone, this elegiac first novel packs great matters into its modest span

  • A quietly brilliant portrait of immigrant life... Children of the Revolution reads like an Ethopian variation on The Great Gatsby. Remarkably it's not diminished by this comparison

    Financial Times
  • A rich and lyrical story of displacement and loneliness. I was profoundly moved by this tale of an Ethiopian immigrant's search for acceptance, peace, and identity... Mengestu makes us feel this tortured soul's longings, regrets, and in the end, his dreams of meaningful human connection

    Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

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