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The Dragons, the Giant, the Women

A Memoir
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An engrossing memoir of escaping the First Liberian Civil War and building a life in the United States

When Wayétu Moore turns five years old, her father and grandmother throw her a big birthday party at their home in Monrovia, Liberia, but all she can think about is how much she misses her mother, who is working and studying in faraway New York. Before she gets the reunion her father promised her, war breaks out in Liberia. The family is forced to flee their home on foot, walking and hiding for three weeks until they arrive in the village of Lai. Finally, a rebel soldier smuggles them across the border to Sierra Leone, reuniting the family and setting them off on yet another journey, this time to the United States.

Spanning this harrowing journey in Moore's early childhood, her years adjusting to life in Texas as a black woman and an immigrant, and her eventual return to Liberia, The Dragons, the Giant, the Women is a deeply moving story of the search for home in the midst of upheaval. Moore has a novelist's eye for suspense and emotional depth, and this unforgettable memoir is full of imaginative, lyrical flights and lush prose. In capturing both the hazy magic and the stark realities of what is becoming an increasingly pervasive experience, Moore shines a light on the great political and personal forces that continue to affect many migrants around the world, and calls us all to acknowledge the tenacious power of love and family.

©2020 Wayétu Moore (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • 05-07-2020

A Riveting and Powerful Memoir

The Dragon The Giant The Women encapsulates some of life’s most solemn issues: war, racism, migration, love, psychological issues, the power of hope and prayer, and then some. Wayétu shared with us a first-hand account of the war in Liberia. Skillfully she shifted gears as she recanted events from a child’s perspective and then to the realism of an adult. Wayétu educated us, giving us just bits of Liberia’s rich culture – tribes, language, folk tales, and tribal remedies. Although the story was filled with how hateful we as humans can be against each other, there was a more powerful narrative that reigned from cover to cover – one of love, strength, support, community, hope, and prayer. Her ability in her early years to pull from her ancestral gift of storytelling to vividly juxtapose who, The Dragon The Giants The Women all were. I especially admired Ma and Satta’s strength and tenacity – unwavering in their decisions. What great lengths would you go for love and family? Memoir Junkie - AuthorAnnaBella

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