Redemption Road
Redemption Road
Author: Elma Shaw
Publish: 2009
Publisher: Cotton Tree Press
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1945408571
Pages: 240

Set in Monrovia during the administration of Liberia's former president, Charles Taylor, this riveting debut is a story of recovery, atonement, and the continuing quest for peace and justice in a nation plagued by conflict and inequalities since its founding by freed American slaves.

Life in post-war Liberia is not easy, and it is especially challenging for Bendu Lewis, a young woman who counsels traumatized survivors of Liberia's civil war while struggling with memories of her own war-time experiences. When the warlord who once held her in captivity suddenly shows up in town, she decides that for her own healing, and for the voiceless victims of the war, she must bring him to justice for his past atrocities. In her pursuit of Commander Cobra, Bendu finds much more than she bargained for, including the courage to finally confront and make amends for her own painful war-time secret.

Author Details:

Elma Shaw experienced a coup d'état and civil war in Liberia that set her on a path to explore and write about issues of peace and justice. Her award-winning novel, Redemption Road, with a foreword by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, inspired a documentary about women fighters who survived the war. A long-time champion for women and girls, she recently worked with The What To Expect Foundation as the lead writer for Big Belly Business - the Liberian women's guide to a healthy pregnancy. Elma currently lives in Rwanda with her husband and two children, where she is working on a new book and helping Africa's game changers become authors too.