From a brand new literary talent comes an affecting story set in Sub-Saharan Africa that follows three women in their search for home and family. In this tender, moving story, three very different women grapple with motherhood, recalibrate their identities, and confront unexpected tragedies and triumphs. Leona, an isolated American anthropologist, births a baby girl in a remote Maasai village and must decide how she can be a mother, in spite of her own dark childhood. Jane, a lonely expat wife, follows her husband to the tropics, probing the dark mysteries of Liberia and learning just how fragile life is. Simi, a barren Massai woman must confront her infertility in a society that measures her worth in terms of her role as a mother.
Set in sub-Saharan Africa in the 1990s, The Brightest Sun brings to life the striking Kenyan landscape as these three women search for home and family in places they never thought they could. As their lives intertwine in unexpected ways, each must face their own challenges and in doing so, they find there is strength traversing the arid landscapes of tenuous human connection. In beautiful, evocative prose, Adrienne Benson explores the heartbreak of loss and the struggle to find a sense of belonging, showing the surprising ways we can define our family and home.
ADRIENNE BENSON has called Kenya, Liberia, Zambia and the Ivory Coast home. A former Peace Corps volunteer, her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Foreign Service Journal, and a handful of literary journals. This is her first book, and she is currently at work on her second.