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The White Darkness

The White Darkness
  • Author : David Grann
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2018-10-30
  • Total pages :160
  • ISBN : 9780385544580
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Summary : By the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon, a powerful true story of adventure and obsession in the Antarctic, lavishly illustrated with color photographs Henry Worsley was a devoted husband and father and a decorated British special forces officer who believed in honor and sacrifice. He was also a man obsessed. He spent his life idolizing Ernest Shackleton, the nineteenth-century polar explorer, who tried to become the first person to reach the South Pole, and later sought to cross Antarctica on foot. Shackleton never completed his journeys, but he repeatedly rescued his men from certain death, and emerged as one of the greatest leaders in history. Worsley felt an overpowering connection to those expeditions. He was related to one of Shackleton's men, Frank Worsley, and spent a fortune collecting artifacts from their epic treks across the continent. He modeled his military command on Shackleton's legendary skills and was determined to measure his own powers of endurance against them. He would succeed where Shackleton had failed, in the most brutal landscape in the world. In 2008, Worsley set out across Antarctica with two other descendants of Shackleton's crew, battling the freezing, desolate landscape, life-threatening physical exhaustion, and hidden crevasses. Yet when he returned home he felt compelled to go back. On November 13, 2015, at age 55, Worsley bid farewell to his family and embarked on his most perilous quest: to walk across Antarctica alone. David Grann tells Worsley's remarkable story with the intensity and power that have led him to be called "simply the best narrative nonfiction writer working today." Illustrated with more than fifty stunning photographs from Worsley's and Shackleton's journeys, The White Darkness is both a gorgeous keepsake volume and a spellbinding story of courage, love, and a man pushing himself to the extremes of human capacity.

The White Darkness

The White Darkness
  • Author : Geraldine McCaughrean
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2021-02-23
  • Total pages :400
  • ISBN : 9780063007888
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Summary : Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature! “Completely gripping.” —People “Dazzling.” —The Observer Geraldine McCaughrean—two-time Carnegie Medalist for Where the World Ends and Pack of Lies—takes readers on a spellbinding journey into the frozen heart of darkness with this lyrical, riveting, and imaginative young adult novel. Symone "Sym" Wates is obsessed with the Antarctic and the brave, romantic figure of Captain Oates from Scott's doomed expedition to the South Pole. In fact, Oates is the secret confidant to whom she spills all her hopes and fears. But Sym's uncle Victor is even more obsessed—and when he takes her on a dream trip into the bleak Antarctic wilderness, it turns into a nightmarish struggle for survival that will challenge everything she knows and loves.

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness
  • Author : Joseph Conrad
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2018-10-16
  • Total pages :154
  • ISBN : 9783736800830
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Summary : Heart of Darkness is a short novel by Polish novelist Joseph Conrad, written as a frame narrative, about Charles Marlow's life as an ivory transporter down the Congo River in Central Africa. The river is "a mighty big river, that you could see on the map, resembling an immense snake uncoiled, with its head in the sea, its body at rest curving afar over a vast country, and its tail lost in the depths of the land." In the course of his travel in central Africa, Marlow becomes obsessed with Mr. Kurtz. The story is a complex exploration of the attitudes people hold on what constitutes a barbarian versus a civilized society and the attitudes on colonialism and racism that were part and parcel of European imperialism. Originally published as a three-part serial story, in Blackwood's Magazine, the novella Heart of Darkness has been variously published and translated into many languages. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Heart of Darkness one of the hundred best novels in English of the twentieth century.

White Darkness

White Darkness
  • Author : David A. McIntee
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1993
  • Total pages :244
  • ISBN : 042620395X
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Summary : This new series of original novels takes up where the TV series left off. Novels published in 1992 demonstrated the scope of this series, from all-action space adventure to psychological thriller to mythic fantasy. All stories feature the Seventh Doctor and his new companion, Bernice Summerfield.

Prince of Darkness

Prince of Darkness
  • Author : Shane White
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-10-13
  • Total pages :320
  • ISBN : 9781466880719
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Summary : In the middle decades of the nineteenth century Jeremiah G. Hamilton was a well-known figure on Wall Street. Cornelius Vanderbilt, America's first tycoon, came to respect, grudgingly, his one-time opponent. The day after Vanderbilt's death on January 4, 1877, an almost full-page obituary on the front of the National Republican acknowledged that, in the context of his Wall Street share transactions, "There was only one man who ever fought the Commodore to the end, and that was Jeremiah Hamilton." What Vanderbilt's obituary failed to mention, perhaps as contemporaries already knew it well, was that Hamilton was African American. Hamilton, although his origins were lowly, possibly slave, was reportedly the richest colored man in the United States, possessing a fortune of $2 million, or in excess of two hundred and $50 million in today's currency. In Prince of Darkness, a groundbreaking and vivid account, eminent historian Shane White reveals the larger than life story of a man who defied every convention of his time. He wheeled and dealed in the lily white business world, he married a white woman, he bought a mansion in rural New Jersey, he owned railroad stock on trains he was not legally allowed to ride, and generally set his white contemporaries teeth on edge when he wasn't just plain outsmarting them. An important contribution to American history, Hamilton's life offers a way into considering, from the unusual perspective of a black man, subjects that are usually seen as being quintessentially white, totally segregated from the African American past.

In Shackleton's Footsteps

In Shackleton's Footsteps
  • Author : Henry Worsley
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011-02-03
  • Total pages :288
  • ISBN : 9780753544402
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Summary : On the 29th of October 1908, a party of four men, led by Ernest Shackleton, set out to be the first to reach the South Pole. Three months later, their mission was in ruins and they faced certain death if they carried on. Just 97 miles from the South Pole, Shackleton turned back. One hundred years on, in October 2008, a team that included descendants of that original party, led by Henry Worsley, set out from Shackleton's hut to celebrate the centenary of his expedition by retracing the exact 870 mile route and going on to finish the last 97 miles. This captivating book explores the history of the original expedition and reasons behind its failure, while capturing the meticulous planning, fundraising and training for the new expedition. There is also the team's first days on the ice, Christmas on the polar plateau, the brutal reality of crossing the Beardmore Glacier and the final miles to the South Pole. In Shackleton's Footsteps is a unique story of adventure, pioneering spirit and man's triumph over nature.

Out of Darkness

Out of Darkness
  • Author : Ashley Hope Pérez
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-09-01
  • Total pages :408
  • ISBN : 9781467776783
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Summary : A 2016 Michael L. Printz Honoree "This is East Texas, and there's lines. Lines you cross, lines you don't cross. That clear?" New London, Texas. 1937. Naomi Vargas and Wash Fuller know about the lines in East Texas as well as anyone. They know the signs that mark them. They know the people who enforce them. But sometimes the attraction between two people is so powerful it breaks through even the most entrenched color lines. And the consequences can be explosive. Ashley Hope Pérez takes the facts of the 1937 New London school explosion—the worst school disaster in American history—as a backdrop for a riveting novel about segregation, love, family, and the forces that destroy people.

The Devil and Sherlock Holmes

The Devil and Sherlock Holmes
  • Author : David Grann
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011
  • Total pages :404
  • ISBN : 9780307275905
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Summary : Explores unforgettable mysteries and the nature of obsession, from the Aryan Brotherhood's infiltration of the U.S. prison system to a chameleon con artist in Europe to the author's experience with a cyclone while searching for the elusive giant squid.

Endurance

Endurance
  • Author : Alfred Lansing
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2014-04-29
  • Total pages :416
  • ISBN : 9780465058792
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Summary : The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age. In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day's sail short of its destination, the Endurance became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men. When their ship was finally crushed between two ice floes, they attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic's heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization. In Endurance, the definitive account of Ernest Shackleton's fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.

The White Wolf and the Darkness

The White Wolf and the Darkness
  • Author : Kevin Gubernatis
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-12-01
  • Total pages :396
  • ISBN : 0991139305
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Summary : The Covenant Of Earth Nations, Earth's governing body, has lost contact with a deep space research station orbiting a black hole known as the Dark Star. COEN has sent a team of specialist commandos to discover the reason for this communications blackout. Along with these specialists, they sent a young magician, Asala. She and her commandos are prepared for any situation involving entities supernatural or mundane, or so they believe. Little do the COEN Corps commandos and their magician know that what awaits them aboard the Dark Star is far beyond anything ever experienced. A presence waits in the shadows, hungry and curious. Can Asala confront this terror and keep her commandos alive, or will she and all those in her charge fall victim to...The Darkness?

To the Edges of the Earth

To the Edges of the Earth
  • Author : Edward J. Larson
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2018-03-13
  • Total pages :352
  • ISBN : 9780062564511
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Summary : *** National Outdoor Book Award WINNER! *** From the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, a "suspenseful" (WSJ) and "adrenaline-fueled" (Outside) entwined narrative of the most adventurous year of all time: in 1909 three daring expeditions–led by Ernest Shackleton, Robert Peary, and the dashing Duke of the Abruzzi–simultaneously raced to the top, bottom, and heights of the world. As 1909 dawned, the greatest jewels of exploration—set at the world’s frozen extremes—lay unclaimed: the North and South Poles and the so-called “Third Pole,” the pole of altitude, located in unexplored heights of the Himalaya. Before the calendar turned, three expeditions had faced death, mutiny, and the harshest conditions on the planet to plant flags at the furthest edges of the Earth. In the course of one extraordinary year, Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson were hailed worldwide at the discovers of the North Pole; Britain’s Ernest Shackleton had set a new geographic “Furthest South” record, while his expedition mate, Australian Douglas Mawson, had reached the Magnetic South Pole; and at the roof of the world, Italy’s Duke of the Abruzzi had attained an altitude record that would stand for a generation, the result of the first major mountaineering expedition to the Himalaya's eastern Karakoram, where the daring aristocrat attempted K2 and established the standard route up the most notorious mountain on the planet. Based on extensive archival and on-the-ground research, Edward J. Larson weaves these narratives into one thrilling adventure story. Larson, author of the acclaimed polar history Empire of Ice, draws on his own voyages to the Himalaya, the arctic, and the ice sheets of the Antarctic, where he himself reached the South Pole and lived in Shackleton’s Cape Royds hut as a fellow in the National Science Foundations’ Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. These three legendary expeditions, overlapping in time, danger, and stakes, were glorified upon their return, their leaders celebrated as the preeminent heroes of their day. Stripping away the myth, Larson, a master historian, illuminates one of the great, overlooked tales of exploration, revealing the extraordinary human achievement at the heart of these journeys.

The Darkness of White

The Darkness of White
  • Author : K. B. Knight
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2017-08-26
  • Total pages :320
  • ISBN : 1544870337
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Summary : Travis Maurice Walker or otherwise known as Travis Grizzly is an American ex-Green Beret sniper who fought in the Afghanistan war. The six-foot-five, three-hundred-pound soldier was trained exceptionally well in hand-to-hand combat. In all his years he has never experienced defeat, even in the most extreme circumstances. In short, Travis Walker was born to be the perfect soldier-the perfect killing machine.On his final tour to Afghanistan, a week before coming home, Travis was struck in the head by an enemy's sniper bullet; it left him clinging to life. By miracle he survived, but would never be the same. Afterwards he moved to Lake City, Colorado along with his beautiful wife to not only continue the healing process, but to start a new life. With less than four hundred living souls in this historically rich city, it made for a perfect secluded area to keep a man that was programmed to kill safely within his isolated cage. No one knew they had a walking time bomb living next door until the day the cage was left open. A record-breaking winter storm takes the city hostage, isolating the residents from the rest of the world in a blizzard-like prison. A perfect mixture of adultery, mistrust, and murder will unleash a terrible evil upon the city, hell-bent on wiping out an entire family, along with anyone who dares get in the way. But another force, a seemingly darker one, will simply be-hell-bent.

Out of Darkness, Shining Light

Out of Darkness, Shining Light
  • Author : Petina Gappah
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2019-09-10
  • Total pages :320
  • ISBN : 9781982110352
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Summary : ONE OF NPR’S BEST BOOKS OF 2019 “Engrossing, beautiful, and deeply imaginative, Out of Darkness, Shining Light is a novel that lends voice to those who appeared only as footnotes in history, yet whose final, brave act of loyalty and respect changed the course of it. An incredible and important book by a masterful writer.” ​—Yaa Gyasi, author of Homegoing “This is how we carried out of Africa the poor broken body of Bwana Daudi, the Doctor, David Livingstone, so that he could be borne across the sea and buried in his own land.” So begins Petina Gappah's powerful novel of exploration and adventure in nineteenth-century Africa—the captivating story of the loyal men and women who carried explorer and missionary Dr. Livingstone's body, his papers and maps, fifteen hundred miles across the continent of Africa, so his remains could be returned home to England and his work preserved there. Narrated by Halima, the doctor's sharp-tongued cook, and Jacob Wainwright, a rigidly pious freed slave, this is a story that encompasses all of the hypocrisy of slavery and colonization—the hypocrisy at the core of the human heart—while celebrating resilience, loyalty, and love.

Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Author : David Grann
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2017-04-18
  • Total pages :352
  • ISBN : 9780385534253
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Summary : NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. One of her relatives was shot. Another was poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case, and the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including a Native American agent who infiltrated the region, and together with the Osage began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. A New York Times Notable Book Named a best book of the year by Amazon, Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Time, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, NPR, Vogue, Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan, Seattle Times, Bloomberg, Lit Hub, and Slate

The Secret Life of Mary White

The Secret Life of Mary White
  • Author : Lenaye Marsten
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2020-10-09
  • Total pages :360
  • ISBN : 9798694118279
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Summary : A Magical Tale of A Woman with A Rare and Misunderstood Gift! Inspired by a true story from the 17th century Piscataqua region of New England. Young Mary White must walk a fine line between her healing craft and the deadly intolerance of the fearful and ignorant. From natural magic and alchemy to ancient wisdom and folklore, she must transcend the consequences of her gift in order to survive and help others with her crucial healing talents. A story of triumph and tragedy and the transmutation of darkness into light. "Exquisite wordsmith: the dialogue was incredible, the story made me cry." - Michael Nelson, Author, Naational Poetry Award Winner "Enchanting and fascinating. The author's historical accuracy, authentic dialogue and settings sweep the reader away to another time and place." - Paula Robinson Roussouw, Author and Columnist "Lenaye Marsten weaves a magical tale of a woman with rare and misunderstood gifts. Women in the 1600s risked their lives healing and helping others with their clairvoyant skills. This is a riveting story beautifully written, filled with evocative imagery and its own healing magic." - Anne Marilyn Lucas, DGA Playwright, educator and director LENAYE MARSTEN is an alternative healer, an award-winning artist, and a descendant of Mary White. She lives in Maine with her family and a houseful of pets.

Darkness at Noon

Darkness at Noon
  • Author : Arthur Koestler
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2009-11-24
  • Total pages :288
  • ISBN : 9781439188453
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Summary : Originally published in 1941, Arthur Koestler's modern masterpiece, Darkness At Noon, is a powerful and haunting portrait of a Communist revolutionary caught in the vicious fray of the Moscow show trials of the late 1930s. During Stalin's purges, Nicholas Rubashov, an aging revolutionary, is imprisoned and psychologically tortured by the party he has devoted his life to. Under mounting pressure to confess to crimes he did not commit, Rubashov relives a career that embodies the ironies and betrayals of a revolutionary dictatorship that believes it is an instrument of liberation. A seminal work of twentieth-century literature, Darkness At Noon is a penetrating exploration of the moral danger inherent in a system that is willing to enforce its beliefs by any means necessary.

A Bright Ray of Darkness

A Bright Ray of Darkness
  • Author : Ethan Hawke
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2021
  • Total pages :256
  • ISBN : 9780385352383
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Summary : The blistering story of a young man making his Broadway debut in Henry IV just as his marriage implodes--an utterly transfixing book about art and love, fame and heartbreak from the acclaimed actor/writer/director. Hawke's first novel in nearly twenty years is a bracing meditation on fame and celebrity, and the redemptive, healing power of art; a portrait of the ravages of disappointment and divorce; a poignant consideration of the rites of fatherhood and manhood; a novel soaked in rage and sex, longing and despair; and a passionate love letter to the world of theater. A Bright Ray of Darkness showcases Ethan Hawke's gifts as a novelist as never before. Hawke's narrator is a young man in torment, disgusted with himself after the collapse of his marriage, still half-hoping for a reconciliation that would allow him to forgive himself and move on as he clumsily, and sometimes hilariously, tries to manage the wreckage of his personal life with whiskey and sex. What saves him is theater: in particular, the challenge of performing the role of Hotspur in a production of Henry IV under the leadership of a brilliant director, helmed by one of the most electrifying--and narcissistic--Falstaff's of all time. Searing and raw, A Bright Ray of Darkness is a novel about shame and beauty and faith, and the moral power of art.

The Lost City of Z

The Lost City of Z
  • Author : David Grann
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2009-02-24
  • Total pages :352
  • ISBN : 9780385529228
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Summary : The #1 New York Times bestseller from the author of Killers of the Flower Moon In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called “The Lost City of Z.” In this masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, journalist David Grann interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcett’s quest for “Z” and his own journey into the deadly jungle, as he unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century.

Things of Darkness

Things of Darkness
  • Author : Kim F. Hall
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2018-09-05
  • Total pages :312
  • ISBN : 9781501725456
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Summary : The "Ethiope," the "tawny Tartar," the "woman blackamoore," and "knotty Africanisms"—allusions to blackness abound in Renaissance texts. Kim F. Hall's eagerly awaited book is the first to view these evocations of blackness in the contexts of sexual politics, imperialism, and slavery in early modern England. Her work reveals the vital link between England's expansion into realms of difference and otherness—through exploration and colonialism-and the highly charged ideas of race and gender which emerged. How, Hall asks, did new connections between race and gender figure in Renaissance ideas about the proper roles of men and women? What effect did real racial and cultural difference have on the literary portrayal of blackness? And how did the interrelationship of tropes of race and gender contribute to a modern conception of individual identity? Hall mines a wealth of sources for answers to these questions: travel literature from Sir John Mandeville's Travels to Leo Africanus's History and Description of Africa; lyric poetry and plays, from Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra and The Tempest to Ben Jonson's Masque of Blackness; works by Emilia Lanyer, Philip Sidney, John Webster, and Lady Mary Wroth; and the visual and decorative arts. Concentrating on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Hall shows how race, sexuality, economics, and nationalism contributed to the formation of a modern ( white, male) identity in English culture. The volume includes a useful appendix of not readily accessible Renaissance poems on blackness.

People Who Eat Darkness

People Who Eat Darkness
  • Author : Richard Lloyd Parry
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-09-30
  • Total pages :416
  • ISBN : 9781448155613
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Summary : *** Richard Lloyd Parry is the Winner of the 2018 Rathbones Folio Prize *** In the summer of 2000, Jane Steare received the phone call every mother dreads. Her daughter Lucie Blackman - tall, blonde, and twenty-one years old - had stepped into the vastness of a Tokyo summer and disappeared forever. That winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a desolate seaside cave. Her disappearance was mystifying. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet? What did her work, as a 'hostess' in the notorious Roppongi district of Tokyo, really involve? And could Lucie's fate be linked to the disappearance of another girl some ten years earlier? Over the course of a decade, Richard Lloyd Parry has travelled to four continents to interview those caught up in the story and been given unprecedented access to Lucie's bitterly divided family to reveal the astonishing truth about Lucie and her fate.

In Darkness

In Darkness
  • Author : Nick Lake
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-12-20
  • Total pages :352
  • ISBN : 9781408819968
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Summary : WINNER of the 2013 Printz Award. In darkness I count my blessings like Manman taught me. One: I am alive. Two: there is no two. In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake a boy is trapped beneath the rubble of a ruined hospital: thirsty, terrified and alone. 'Shorty' is a child of the slums, a teenage boy who has seen enough violence to last a lifetime, and who has been inexorably drawn into the world of the gangsters who rule Site Soleil: men who dole out money with one hand and death with the other. But Shorty has a secret: a flame of revenge that blazes inside him and a burning wish to find the twin sister he lost five years ago. And he is marked. Marked in a way that links him with Toussaint L'Ouverture, the Haitian rebel who two-hundred years ago led the slave revolt and faced down Napoleon to force the French out of Haiti. As he grows weaker, Shorty relives the journey that took him to the hospital, a bullet wound in his arm. In his visions and memories he hopes to find the strength to survive, and perhaps then Toussaint can find a way to be free . . .