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A Former Child Soldier Imagines 'Tomorrow' In Sierra Leone

Ishmael Beah was 12 when he was orphaned by Sierra Leone's civil war and recruited as a child soldier. He described the ordeal in his 2007 memoir, A Long Way Gone. Now, Beah's debut novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, tells the story of a shattered community struggling to rebuild itself after war.

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Sen. Rubio Proposes States Fight Poverty With Federal Funds

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Orphaned by the civil war in Sierra Leone, Ishmael Beah told his own story in A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. Radiance of Tomorrow is his first novel. John Madere/Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, hide caption

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A Former Child Soldier Imagines 'Tomorrow' In Sierra Leone

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