Human history discloses the anger and despair that too often mar the lives of people. This is Lewis’ second collection of short stories, beautifully illustrating real-life challenges, great storyline, and a sweet voice sure to woo readers.
Human history discloses the anger and despair that too often mar the lives of people. This is Lewis’ second collection of short stories, beautifully illustrating real-life challenges, great storyline, and a sweet voice sure to woo readers. The stories provide a view into Liberia society one cannot get from the headlines, written with a perfect cultural rhythm that will bring readers to Liberia with the characters.
In Good Father (Lofa County), you will see the role of three men in the life of a young man’s realization of his dream; a coach who recognizes the boy’s potential, a father, whose molding of his son is threatened by what he considers an empty dream and a grandfather, whose voice of wisdom evokes reasoning. Tamba Sawie wants to be a football star. However, Kallon would rather his son acquire farming skills to be a good provider for his family. Oldman Galakpai believes his grandson does not have a lazy spirit, which the boy’s father is convinced of, just a different one.
A moral lesson pervades the story in Firestone (Margibi County) when the instrument of deliverance is unconditional love. Empathy is least expected when a 15-year-old boy is elevated from a life of crime to a normal life where opportunity awaits him. Firestone is caught breaking and entering the Bah’s home. Rather than taking him to prison, his victim is offering a different path.
Although Sweet Mother (Montserrado County) is a pure work of fiction, I wanted to write a story that would be impossible to forget, and in doing so, honor Liberians that lost everything during the civil war—life, dignity, hopes, and dreams. The real-life occurrence these characters face, one can not conceive a more dramatic, surprising series of events. The fate of two strangers collides when a rape victim of the war, Sundaymah Boye, with no desire to improve her life, and Nick Anderson, a thirtysomething-year-old African-American who is losing his life to cancer, meet. What each has to offer one another is priceless.
Finally, in Believe (Maryland County), the Almighty humbles the proud and exalts him when he begins to trust. The providence of faith in God is strikingly displayed as divine power is united with human effort—the means used is human; the deliverance is divine.