Shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, and named a best book of the year by the New York Times, NPR, ElleTime, and more, The Shadow King is an “unforgettable epic from an immensely talented author who’s unafraid to take risks” (Michael Schaub, NPR).

 

Ethiopia, 1935.
With the threat of Mussolini's army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid. Her new employer, Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie's army, rushes to mobilise his strongest men before the Italians invade.

 

Hirut and the other women long to do more than care for the wounded and bury the dead. When Emperor Haile Selassie goes into exile and Ethiopia quickly loses hope, it is Hirut who offers a plan to maintain morale. She helps disguise a gentle peasant as the emperor and soon becomes his guard, inspiring other women to take up arms. But how could she have predicted her own personal war, still to come, as a prisoner of one of Italy's most vicious officers?

 

The Shadow King is a gorgeously crafted and unputdownable exploration of female power, and what it means to be a woman at war.

 

  • Print length: 448 pages
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Publication date: September 1, 2020
  • ISBN-10: 0393358518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393358513

The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste

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