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Dream country / by Shannon Gibney.

Gibney, Shannon, author. (Author).
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Available copies

  • 4 of 4 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 3 of 3 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 4 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Ada Public Library Y GIB (Text) 33500012775706 New Available -
Bagley Public Library Y GIB (Text) 33500012775714 New Available -
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780735231672
  • ISBN: 0735231672
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Dutton, [2018].

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: "Spanning two centuries and two continents, Dream Country is the story of five generations of young people caught in a spiral of death and exile between Liberia and the United States"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 September #1
    *Starred Review* When 17-year-old Liberian refugee Kollie Flomo reacts violently to constant bullying by his American classmates, he is instantly punished: his parents, unaware of his undiagnosed PTSD, and fearing embarrassment from their community, underhandedly send him back to Monrovia to attend reform school. From there, Gibney's novel shifts among points of view, eras, and countries as she climbs further into Kollie's family tree, highlighting the struggles of Kollie's ancestors amid culture clashes and important moments in Liberia's history. Each narrator's trajectory tangles into the others: Yasmine Wright, a freed slave in 1826, hopes to have control over her own destiny; Togar, her Liberian descendant a hundred years later, deals with the harsh brutality of colonialism; and finally Kollie's own father, in 1980, is empowered by revolution, only to see his dreams for a more united country fail to take fruit. Under a less adept hand, this could be a tangled mess of a book, but Gibney blesses the reader with a marvelous literary tapestry of family, sacrifice, and dreams, examining the lingering effects of slavery and racism in both the U.S. and Liberia. This powerful novel demonstrates how nonlinear history can be, ways the present is a consequence of the past, and that, though traumatized people can sometimes hurt others when trying to heal themselves, there's nevertheless strength in hope that can keep us moving forward. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Shannon Gibney is an author and university professor. Her novel See No Color, drawn from her life as a transracial adoptee, was hailed by Kirkus as "an exceptionally accomplished debut" and by Publishers Weekly as "an unflinching look at the complexities of racial identity." Her essay "Fear of a Black Mother" appears in the anthology A Good Time for the Truth. Her sophomore novel, Dream Country, received five starred reviews and earned her a second Minnesota Book Award. She lives with her two Liberian-American children in Minneapolis, Minnesota. www.shannongibney.com and @gibneyshannon

Subject: Family life > Liberia > Fiction.
Family life > Minnesota > Fiction.
Slavery > Fiction.
Refugees > Fiction.
Liberian Americans > Fiction.
African Americans > Fiction.
Americans > Liberia > Fiction.
Liberia > History > To 1847 > Fiction.
Liberia > History > 1847-1944 > Fiction.
Minneapolis (Minn.) > Fiction.
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American.
JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Africa.
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Prejudice & Racism.

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