From celebrated author Anthony De Sa comes a raw and compelling novel of love, war and the heartbreaking effects of memory.
"'You must listen to my words. You must promise to tell my story the way I have shared it with you.'"
Tanzania, 1956. A Maasai woman gives birth to a child with albinism. The child is seen as a curse upon her tribe, and so begins Pó's tumultuous story. As Pó navigates the world, she must claim her life in the face of violence and ostracism.
Further south, in Portuguese-controlled Mozambique, Ezequiel struggles for acceptance too. Adopted by missionaries, he is not recognized by his Portuguese father's community, or by his Makonde mother's tribe. When civil war erupts, he must choose who to fight for and who to leave behind.
Pó and Zeca come together in a time of momentous change. Love connects these two outsiders, forcing them to confront the shattering impact of colonialism and war. Children of the Moon is a stunning and unforgettable exploration of the love of two people at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control.
ANTHONY DE SA is the critically acclaimed author of the novel Kicking the Sky and Barnacle Love, a collection of linked stories that was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. De Sa was born and grew up in Toronto's Portuguese community. He attended the Humber School for Writers and is currently a teacher librarian at Michael Power - St. Joseph High School, where he directs the creative writing program. He lives in Toronto with his wife and three sons.