Indie Next ListFebruary 2010
Beneath the Lion's Gaze is a riveting novel focused on the primacy of family relationships against the violent backdrop of Ethiopia's 1974 Revolution. Hailu, a prominent doctor, and his two grown sons experience their country's tragedy and their own family's grief through very different prisms of understanding, yet they remain connected even through the gruesome terror overtaking their city. Very hard to put down! -- Caitlin Doggart, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Chatham, MA
This memorable, heartbreaking story opens in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1974, on the eve of a revolution. Yonas kneels in his mother's prayerroom, pleading to his god for an end to the violence that has wrackedhis family and country. His father, Hailu, a prominent doctor, has beenordered to report to jail after helping a victim of state-sanctionedtorture to die. And Dawit, Hailu's youngest son, has joined anunderground resistance movement--a choice that will lead to moreupheaval and bloodshed across a ravaged Ethiopia. Beneath the Lion's Gazetells a gripping story of family, of the bonds of love and friendshipset in a time and place that has rarely been explored in fiction. It isa story about the lengths human beings will go in pursuit of freedomand the human price of a national revolution. Emotionally gripping, poetic, and indelibly tragic, Beneath The Lion's Gaze is a transcendent and powerful debut.