It is 1988 and in Somalia, whispers of revolution travel on the dry winds. Soon, and through the eyes of three women, we will see the country fall.
Nine-year old Deqo has left the vast refugee camp she was born in, lured to the city by the promise of her first pair of shoes.
Kawsar, a solitary widow, is trapped in her little house with its garden clawed from the desert, confined to her bed after a savage beating in the local police station.
Filsan, a young female soldier, has moved from Mogadishu to suppress the rebellion growing in the north.
And as the country is unravelled by civil war, their lives will change forever...
Author: Nadifa Mohamed
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd, UK ed.
“With the adorned language of a wise, clear-eyed observer, Nadifa Mohamed has spun an unforgettable tale. The Orchard of Lost Souls recounts not just a state’s descent into war, but war’s most heartbreaking human toll: the death of dreams.” – Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go
"Nadifa Mohamed’s writing is compact and often beautiful. She is a writer of great talent and, at her best, lightness. She writes particularly well about women and their relationships to each other – violent and critical as well as supportive – about place; she writes beautifully of people in solitude, her writing is economical, controlled and vivid, her characters’ aches real and felt. This is a novel that deserves to be read." – Anjali Joseph, Literary Review
“Mohamed is a writer
who may go down in history as the most candid young of modern African
womanhood.” – The Times