The Darling (Paperback)

A Novel

By Russell Banks

Harper Perennial, 9780060957353, 400pp.

Publication Date: October 11, 2005

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (10/1/2004)
MP3 CD (10/1/2004)

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Set in Liberia and the United States from 1975 through 1991, The Darling is the story of Hannah Musgrave, a political radical and member of the Weather Underground.

Hannah flees America for West Africa, where she and her Liberian husband become friends of the notorious warlord and ex-president, Charles Taylor. Hannah's encounter with Taylor ultimately triggers a series of events whose momentum catches Hannah's family in its grip and forces her to make a heartrending choice.

About the Author

Russell Banks, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is one of America’s most prestigious fiction writers, a past president of the International Parliament of Writers, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous prizes and awards, including the Common Wealth Award for Literature. He lives in upstate New York and Miami, Florida.


Praise For The Darling: A Novel

“Banks’s novel is a vivid account of a time of terror, exposing the secrets of the soul.”
— O magazine

“Powerful and evocative...”

“Banks creates a heroine every bit as complex and flawed as someone out of Jane Austen.”
— Hartford Courant

“A powerful new novel.”
— St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Hannah’s story shows why Banks ranks among our boldest artists.”
Boston Globe

“Banks has created a heroine every bit as complex and flawed as something out of Jane Austen.”
— St. Petersburg Times

“Reverberating with ideas and startling prose.”
— Village Voice

“In The Darling, he is working at full strength, and his readers are in his debt.”
Washington Post Book World

“Once again, he has produced a novel that is searing, demanding and unforgettable.”

“Banks has written a novel that is utterly accessible, forcefully wrought and undeniably passionate.”
— Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers

“Banks’ mastery of his material makes this a compelling and important book.”
Orlando Sentinel

“Extraordinary...Banks is the rare epic novelist.”
— Virginian Pilot