Set in Mogadiscio, Somalia, this novel brings the
author back to his literary roots. He presents the story of a woman
raised in North America who returns to her homeland in a desperate
attempt to find herself and reclaim her family's home from the warlord
who has taken it. Annotation:
Since 1991, Somalia
has existed in a state of near perpetual warfare. Into this chaos,
Cambara, a Somalia-born actress living in Canada, returns to reclaim
items from her family estate that a warlord in Mogadishu has stolen.
Behind her in Canada lies another kind of trauma: her son drowned while
her husband was sleeping with his mistress. In Mogadishu she is forced
to live with her hateful cousin Zaak, and the Islamic fundamentalists
make it unsafe for her leave the house without her body covered.
Tangled in a world of pain, Cambara's attempts to find meaning,
friends, and even love, seems impossible, but Nuruddin Farah, writing
with a fierce optimism, shows Cambara gradually making sense out of
madness--in this respect, KNOTS acts as a small bright light for hope
in a blighted country.