Arresting and evocative, How Beautiful We Weretells a haunting story of community, sacrifice and courage in a fictional African village battling with the environmental destruction brought about by an American oil company.
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.
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 34 mm