Author: Dulce Maria Cardoso
Translator: Angel Gurría-Quintana
Original language: Portuguese
Published by: MacLehose Press, July 2016
Luanda, 1975. The Angolan War of Independence has been raging for at least a decade, but defeat for the Portuguese is now in sight. Thousands of settlers are fleeing back to Portugal to escape the brutality of the Angolan rebels.
Rui is fifteen years old. He has lived in Luanda all his life and has never even visited the far-away homeland - although he has heard many stories. But now his family are finally accepting that they too must return, and Rui is filled with a mixture of excitement and dread at the prospect. But just as they are leaving for the airport, his father is taken away by the rebels, and the family must leave without him...