How Beautiful We Were


by Mbue, Imbolo
Fiction & related items

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by Mbue, Imbolo | Fiction & related items
Published 11/03/2021 by Canongate Books Ltd in the United Kingdom
Hardback | 368 pages

A sweeping novel about the collision of a small African village and an American oil company from the author of the New York Times bestseller Behold the Dreamers’We should have known the end was near.’Set in the fictional African village of Kosawa, How Beautiful We Were tells the story of a people living in fear amidst environmental degradation wrought by an American oil company. Pipeline spills have rendered farmlands infertile. Children are dying from drinking toxic water.

Promises of clean-up and financial reparations are made – and ignored. The country’s government, led by a brazen dictator, exists to serve its own interest only. Left with few choices, the people of Kosawa decide to fight back.

But their fight will come at a steep price . . .

one which generation after generation will have to pay. Told through the perspective of a generation of children and the family of a girl named Thula, How Beautiful We Were is a masterful exploration of what happens when the reckless drive for profit, coupled with the ghost of colonialism, comes up against one community’s determination to hold onto its ancestral land and a young woman’s willingness to sacrifice everything for the sake of her people’s freedom.