By James A. Levine
For lovers of Dave Eggers, Teju Cole, and James McBride, comes this outstanding novel of morality and the redemptive powers of artwork that provides a glimpse into an African underworld not often defined in fiction.
Meet Bingo, the best drug runner within the slums of Kibera, Nairobi, and perhaps the realm. A teenage grifter, frequently incorrect for a more youthful boy, he faithfully serves Wolf, the drug lord of Kibera. Bingo spends his days throwing rocks at Krazi Hari, the prophet of Kibera's rubbish mound, "lipping" safari travelers in their money, and placing out together with his ally, Slo-George, a taciturn fellow whose girth is a secret to Bingo in a spot the place there's by no means sufficient meals. Bingo earns his preserve by way of working "white" to a bunch of consumers, together with Thomas Hunsa, a reclusive artist whose work, rooted in African culture, circulate him. but if Bingo witnesses a drug-related homicide and Wolf sends him to an orphanage for "protection," Bingo's existence adjustments and he learns that lifestyles itself is the "run."
A glossy trickster story that pulls on African folklore, Bingo's Run is a wildly unique, frequently very humorous, and constantly relocating tale of a boy on my own in a corrupt and hazardous international who needs to rely on his wits and internal assets to survive.
ONE OF LIBRARY JOURNAL'S striking NEW VOICES to contemplate
"Bingo's voice publications us; by means of turns he's competitive, convinced, clever, cynical, but additionally naive. Bingo tosses his observations at us with nice urgency, nearly percussively, in a staccato demeanour that remembers gunshots. And although he's blunt, he's additionally a delicate observer. . . . Levine is making a experience of a whole international, raffish and quick. . . . the bigger tale Levine is telling . . . is the tale of a person's brain, and of the great, undesirable, and detached forces that make him what he is--and that tale is advised with compassion and intelligence."--The Boston Globe
"James A. Levine is a deeply proficient author who reaches into the dust, sweat, and diesel of modern day Nairobi and introduces us to a tender blameless whose adventures are unforgettable. Bingo's runs among pleasure and demise, laughter and sorrow, survival and redemption, will make you are feeling like cheering."--James McBride, writer of the great Lord chicken and the colour of Water
"Bingo's Run is a kind of infrequent books that infuse a most likely tough topic with intimacy, tenderness, and humor. Social remark, gritty comedy, and natural cinematic adrenaline meet in an totally compelling novel with a voice all its own."--Tash Aw, writer of 5 megastar Billionaire
"Bingo's Run manages to learn like well timed information and excessive event while. Levine's major personality, Bingo, is an underage drug runner, hardened orphan, and hustler extraordinaire. He's additionally humorous and clever well past his years. The rousing tale of Bingo's evolution is matched simply by means of Levine's portrait of modern day Nairobi, either baby and town depicted with genuine aptitude and affection."--Victor LaValle, writer of The satan in Silver
"Bingo is an interesting and inimitably likable personality. Levine, a Mayo hospital professor of medication and famous baby recommend, excels at telling his adventurous, comedian, and realistically gritty tale with humor yet no longer with pathos, effectively addressing the tough and infrequently tragic tale of a kid at risk."--Library Journal
From the Hardcover version.