Publication date set for 12 April 2016.
Patrice Nganang. (April 2016). Mount Pleasant. A Novel (Translated from French by Amy Baram Reid). Farrar Straus Giroux. 384 pages. Click here to pre-order your copy on Amazon. $26.00.
A lyrical tale of transformation in colonial Africa
In Cameroon in 1931, Sara is taken from her family and brought to Mount Pleasant as a gift for Sultan Njoya, the Bamum leader cast into exile by French colonialists. Just nine years old and on the verge of becoming one of the sultan's hundreds of wives, Sara's story takes an unexpected turn when she is recognized by Bertha, the slave in charge of training Njoya's brides, as Nebu, the son she lost tragically years before. In Sara's new life as a boy she bears witness to the world of Sultan Njoya--a magical yet declining place of artistic and intellectual minds--and hears the story of the sultan's last days in the Palace of All Dreams and of the sad fate of Nebu, the greatest artist their culture had seen.