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Praise Song for the Butterflies
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Praise Song for the Butterflies (Hardback)

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Abeo Kata lives a comfortable, happy life in West Africa as the privileged nine-year-old daughter of a government employee and stay-at-home mother. But when the Kata's idyllic lifestyle takes a turn for the worse, Abeo's father, following his mother's advice, places her in a religious shrine, hoping that the sacrifice of his daughter will serve as religious atonement for the crimes of his ancestors. 

Unspeakable acts befall Abebe for the fifteen years she is enslaved within the shrine. When she is finally rescued, broken and battered, she must struggle to overcome her past, endure the revelation of family secrets, and learn to trust and love again. 

In our global political landscape where children are treated as justifiable casualties in the struggle for power, Praise Song for the Butterflies is an unflinching tale of the devastation children are subject to when adults are ruled by fear and someone must pay the consequences.

Bernice L. McFadden is an African-American award-winning author of ten critically acclaimed novels including Praise Song for the Butterflies, The Book of Harlan, Sugar, The Warmest December, Gathering of Waters (a New York Times Editors' Choice and one of the 100 Notable Books of 2012), and Glorious. Her latest novel, Praise Song for the Butterflies, was longlisted for the prestigious Women's Prize for Fiction 2019. The Book of Harlan (2016) won the American National Book Award and an NAACP Image award, and has been optioned for a movie deal by MarkTonderai of Shona Films. In the UK, McFadden has featured at Cheltenham Literary Festival, Hillingdon Literary Festival and has given talks and signings at bookshops including Waterstones. She has featured in British media including BBC R4 Front Row, RTE Radio, The Observer, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio Scotland and on multiple blogs.

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