Who Fears Death?
By Nnedi Okorafor
(Daw Books, Paperback, 9780756406691, 386pp.)
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
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The critically-acclaimed novel-now in paperback.
In a far-future, post-apocalyptic Saharan Africa, genocide plagues one region. When the only surviving member of a slain village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand, and instinctively knows her daughter is different. She names her daughter Onyesonwu, which means "Who Fears Death?" in an ancient African tongue.
Reared under the tutelege of a mysterious and traditional shaman, Onyesonwu discovers she possesses a remarkable and unique magic. The journey to fulfill her destiny will force her to confront nature, tradition, history, the spiritual mysteries of her culture, and eventually to learn why she was given the unusual name she bears: Who Fears Death?
Nnedi's accolades include the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel for "Who Fears Death". Her young adult novels are "Akata Witch" (an Amazon.com Best Book of the Year), "Zahrah the Windseeker" (winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature), and "The Shadow Speaker" (winner of the CBS Parallax Award). She is a professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Buffalo.