Feb 262015

A set of devices that gather power from the waves stretches from the coast of India to Djibouti. A woman leaves her old life behind to walk this bridge, illegally, crossing to a new life, searching for something. In parallel, in an earlier life, a young girl escapes death or slavery in West Africa, heading east, towards Addis Ababa, to a new life. This novel shouldn’t work, it would be so easy to get wrong, but it treats its characters with respect, the author approaching it with deep honesty and humility, dealing with sexuality and violence in an ever-changing world.