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Trained as a human mine detector, My Luck, a boy soldier in West Africa witnesses and takes part in unspeakable brutality. At 12 his vocal cords are cut to prevent him from screaming and giving away his platoon's presence, should he be blown up.
Chris Abani is a Nigerian poet and novelist, and the author of Kalakuta Republic (Saqi Books), The Virgin of the Flames, GraceLand and Becoming Abigail. He is the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the PEN Hemingway Book Prize. Song for Night won the PEN Beyond the Margins Award. He lives in teaches in California. www.chrisabani.com