The Shadow King (Paperback)

A Novel

By Maaza Mengiste

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393358513, 448pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (9/24/2019)

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Description

One of the most acclaimed novels of 2019, an “unforgettable epic from an immensely talented author who’s unafraid to take risks” (Michael Schaub, NPR).


Set during Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, The Shadow King takes us back to the first real conflict of World War II, casting light on the women soldiers who were left out of the historical record. At its heart is orphaned maid Hirut, who finds herself tumbling into a world of thefts and violations, of betrayals and overwhelming rage.


About the Author

Maaza Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A Fulbright scholar and professor at Queens College, she is the author of Beneath the Lion’s Gaze and a 2018 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She lives in New York City.