The Brightest Sun by Adrienne Benson

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Adrienne Benson is the author of The Brightest Sun, a mix of adventure novel and historical fiction (March 2018). Learn more about the author and her book, as well as ratings and reviews on the latter.

Adrienne Benson was raised in Africa. Her earliest memories include roasting green mangos over bonfires in Lusaka, Zambia; climbing walls to steal guavas from the neighbors; and riding in the back of a VW van for weeks on end, watching her mom and dad navigate African border crossings and setting up campsites among thieving monkeys and vocal lions.

A US Aid worker’s daughter, she grew up traversing sub-Saharan Africa, finding homes in Zambia, Liberia, Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire. At sixteen, she made the hardest border crossing of all—the one that brought her “home” to America—a country she barely knew.

She has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal, lived in Ukraine and Albania and is now happily ensconced in Washington, DC, with her three kids.

Adrienne Benson‘s work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and the Foreign Service Journal, as well as in a handful of literary journals.

The Brightest Sun is her first book (March 2018).


‘Heartbreaking and hopeful.’ Joanna Luloff

A powerful and moving debut surrounding three women’s quest for home.

Leona, an isolated American anthropologist, gives birth to a baby girl in a remote Maasai village and must decide how she can be a mother, in spite of her own grim childhood.

Jane, a lonely expat wife, follows her husband to the tropics and learns just how fragile life is.

Simi, a barren Maasai woman, must confront her infertility in a society in which females are valued by their reproductive roles.

Three very different women grapple with motherhood, recalibrate their identities and confront unforeseen tragedies and triumphs in this brilliant debut novel.

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  1. THE BRIGHTEST SUN is a page-turner. It’s wonderfully written. A book with excellent character developemnt. This is not a book just about Africa. The themes explored are universal. I found this book engaging and I really recommend this reading

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