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Books & Brews & Book Signing – The Brightest Sun
April 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Come meet the author of “The Brightest Sun”, Adrienne Benson, at Intermission’s Books & Brews on April 28th from 4-6.
In her heartfelt debut novel, Adrienne Benson draws upon her expat upbringing, primarily in Kenya, to tell the story of three women searching for home and family.
Available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/
Or find the book at your local library or bookstore.
Available Formats: Hardcopy, Audio, E-reader
Adrienne Benson grew up across sub-Saharan Africa knowing, at least theoretically that she was an “American.” She’d never been there, but when her parents said the word “home,” they meant Amenca. This puts Benson in a cohort known as the Third Culture Kids: people raised away from their passport country, who struggle to reconcile belonging fully neither to the place of their birth nor their nation of citizenship. Benson moved to the States at 16, beginning a lifelong battle with a deep nostalgia and longing for sub-Saharan Africa, where she’d grown up while also knowing that she’d always struggle to explain to perplexed strangers, seeing before them a white American, her identification with Kenya as home. The Brightest Sun is the “repository,” she says, for that tension.
Set in sub-saharan Africa in the 1990s- The Brightest Sun brings to life the striking Kenyan landscape as three women – a lost anthropologist living in a Maasai manyatta and the Maasai woman who becomes closer than a sister, and a foreign service wife deeply torn by her homesickness for the US – search for home and
family. 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 define our family and home.
GoodReads Group: https://www.goodreads.com/