Set in Liberia and the United States during the years 1975-91, "The Darling" is Hannah Musgrave's story, told emotionally and convincingly years later by Hannah herself. A political radical and member of the Weather Underground, Hannah has fled America to West Africa, where she and her Liberian husband, a minister in President Doe's government, become friends and colleagues of Charles Taylor, the notorious warlord and now ex-president of Liberia. When Taylor leaves for the U.S. in an effort to escape embezzlement charges, he's immediately placed in prison. And it is Hannah who eventually organizes and participates in his escape.
Years later, when Taylor returns to Liberia to foment a bloody rebellion, Hannah's family is caught up in the civil war when her teenaged sons join the rebel movement. Ultimately, she is forced to make a heart-rending choice: abandon her family to its fate or stay and go down with them.
Fans of Russell Banks will be rewarded with his incisive eye for character, his ability to deliver a relentless and engaging narrative - always in the service of his inimitable style. This political/historical thriller - reminiscent of Greene and Conrad - explodes the genre by raising serious philosophical questions about terrorism, political violence and the clash of races and cultures.
This is an Advance Reader’s Edition, also known as an Advance Reader Copy, Uncorrected Proof or Unbound Manuscript. ARCs may differ from the final book in some of the text, and if there are pictures or illustrations, they generally are not included.
Its release date is October, 2004. It retails for $25.95. This softcover advance edition is 392 pages and measures approximately 6" x 9.25". It has light corner wear and two small cover creases.