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Dream country

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The novel begins in suburban Minneapolis at the moment when seventeen-year-old Kollie Flomo begins to crack under the strain of his life as a Liberian refugee. He's exhausted by being at once too black and not black enough for his African American peers and worn down by the expectations of his own Liberian family and community. When his frustration finally spills into violence and his parents send him back to Monrovia to reform school, the story shifts. Like Kollie, readers travel back to Liberia, but also back in time, to the early twentieth-century and the point of view of Togar Somah, an eighteen-year-old indigenous Liberian on the run from government militias that would force him to work the plantations of the Congo people, descendants of the African-American slaves who colonized Liberia almost a century earlier. When Togar's section draws to a shocking close, the novel jumps again, back to America in 1827, to the children of Yasmine Wright, who leave a Virginia plantation with their mother for Liberia, where they're promised freedom and a chance at self-determination by the American Colonization Society. The Wrights begin their section by fleeing the whip and by its close, they are then ones who wield it. With each new section, the novel uncovers fresh hope and resonating heartbreak, all based on historical fact. In Dream Country, Shannon Gibney spins a riveting tale of the nightmarish spiral of death and exile connecting America and Africa, and of how one determined young dreamer tries to break free and gain control of her destiny.
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display_description"Dream Country is the story of five generations of young people from one African American family chasing an elusive dream across centuries and continents. Gibney conjures an ambitious, sinuous novel from a family tree twisted to its breaking point by slavery and colonialism but ultimately held together by hope and determination"--
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subject_facetAfrican Americans -- Fiction
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction
Americans -- Liberia -- Fiction
Americans -- Liberia -- Juvenile fiction
Domestic fiction
Families -- Liberia -- Juvenile fiction
Families -- Minnesota -- Juvenile fiction
Family life -- Liberia -- Fiction
Family life -- Minnesota -- Fiction
Historical fiction
Liberia -- History -- 1847-1944 -- Fiction
Liberia -- History -- 1847-1944 -- Juvenile fiction
Liberia -- History -- To 1847 -- Fiction
Liberia -- History -- To 1847 -- Juvenile fiction
Liberian Americans -- Fiction
Liberian Americans -- Juvenile fiction
Minneapolis (Minn.) -- Fiction
Refugees -- Fiction
Refugees -- Juvenile fiction
Slavery -- Fiction
Slavery -- Juvenile fiction
title_displayDream country
title_fullDream country / Shannon Gibney
title_shortDream country
topic_facetAfrican Americans
Family life
Liberian Americans