On Sale: Feb 26, 2019

The Brightest Sun (Trade Paperback)

  • by Adrienne Benson


An illuminating debut following three women in sub-Saharan Africa as they search for home and family

Leona, an isolated American anthropologist, gives birth to a baby girl in a remote Maasai village and must decide how she can be a mother, in spite of her own grim childhood. Jane, a lonely expat wife, follows her husband to the tropics and learns just how fragile life is. Simi, a barren Maasai woman, must confront her infertility in a society in which females are valued by their reproductive roles.

As these three very different women grapple with motherhood, recalibrate their identities and confront unforeseen heartbreaks, they find strength traversing the arid landscapes of tenuous human connection. In beautiful, evocative prose, Benson explores the heartache of loss, the struggle to find a sense of belonging and the surprising ways we find our family and home.