How Beautiful We Were

A magnificently written novel about the injustices of a major corporation to a beautiful isolated fictional village, appearingly in Africa. Kosawa is this place. The author brings this to life through various voices where the saga of this village comes to life. Thula, one of the children, grows up and is sent to America for her education, a favor by Pexton, the corporation.  She learns of many things American and worldly. She loves her home and is determined to return there and bring justice to the land. She does just that and she is deemed a “revolutionary”.

This is a story of sadness and yet is it is also a story of the beauty of many people and the ugliness of many others. The lies and deceptions become so confusing that the villagers have hardly anywhere to turn.

I listened to this novel and I found it mesmerizing