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Weekend read: 'Hiding In Plain Sight'

At its heart, this politically and socially charged novel is about learning how to forgive.
Hiding In Plain Sight

Author Nuruddin Farah lives in Cape Town, South Africa and Annandale-on-Hudson, NeProvided

Somalian writer Nuruddin Farah is known for exploring complex themes and emotions in his books and his 12th novel, "Hiding In Plain Sight" is no exception. The celebrated writer's new release is about politics, grief and family.

Bella is a successful fashion photographer living a glamorous, hedonistic lifestyle. All that changes when she learns her half-brother was murdered by poltical extremists. Bella drops everything to go to Nairobi to be with her brother's two children. The children's mother had long been absent from their lives, but when she shows up, things get even more heated.

"Hiding In Plain Sight" asks bold questions. What do you do when obligation and desire collide? How far do familial obligations go? How do you move on from a deep tragedy? It also asks questions about what it means to be Somalian today, admist the chaos.

If you are looking to spend this rainy weekend curled up with a book that will provoke, at times, unsettling thoughts but will ultimately leave you feeling enlightened, you can't go wrong with this one.


New York City book reading with Nuruddin Farah:
November 12, 7 p.m.
The Center for Fiction.
17 E. 17th St., 212-755-6710
RESVP at ceneterforfiction.org/nuruddin-farah

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