On Monday, November 9, 2020, at 7 p.m., McNally Jackson's International Literature Book Club will meet for a virtual discussion of The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste. Join us by clicking on the Zoom link below: 


"Longlisted 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 

"The Shadow King is a beautiful and devastating work; of women holding together a world ripping itself apart. They will slip into your dreams and overtake your memories." —Marlon James, author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf

"The Shadow King is not a story about helpless victims of colonial conquest. Against the odds, it is written in a key of pride and exaltation, and its characters have the outsize form of national heroes . . . Mengiste ambitiously stretches her canvas to include colliding perspectives . . . Stirring." —Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal

"The importance of memory — of those that came before us, and of things we'd rather forget — is at the heart of The Shadow King, the second novel from Ethiopian American author Mengiste. It's a sprawling, unforgettable epic from an immensely talented author who's unafraid to take risks." —Michael Schaub, NPR

". . . in Mengiste’s story . . . shadows and echoes abound and multiply, ensuring that although its participants are faced with clear and present danger, they continue to be intimately bound to the generations and individuals that have gone before them." —Alex Clark, The Guardian 

"A brilliant novel, lyrically lifting history towards myth. It’s also compulsively readable. I devoured it in two days." —Salman Rushdie 

The Shadow King

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Monday, November 9, 2020 - 7:00pm

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