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No Heaven for Good Boys


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In this evocative debut novel, two boys in the bustling city of Dakar, Senegal, band together against the forces of darkness while trying to find their way home.

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Keisha Bush has received writing fellowships from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace Residency, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Moulin Nef, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and VONA. She received her MFA in creative writing from The New School, where she was a Riggio Honors Teaching Fellow, Eugene Lang College Teaching Assistant, and recipient of an NSPE Dean's Scholarship. After a career in corporate finance and international development that brought her to live in Dakar, Senegal, she decided to focus full-time on her writing. She now lives in East Harlem.


"No Heaven for Good Boys is a compelling, devastating novel with unforgettable characters. Keisha Bush doesn't shy away from portraying the shattered lives of the children on Dakar's streets and the injustices that they suffer, but she does so with great compassion and empathy."--Deepa Anappara, author of Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

"An extraordinary literary debut, as mesmerizing as it is heartbreaking . . . Bush is an amazing storyteller, by turns harrowing and tender, and no matter how difficult the journey, she never lets us lose sight of the two young cousins who are the beating hopeful loving heart of this triumphant must-read novel."--Junot Diaz

"You'll root for Ibrahimah at every heart-wrenching turn as Bush explores his world and the difficult choices his family makes for the sake of honor and tradition."--Melissa Rivero, author of The Affairs of the Falcons

"A transporting and beautifully written novel, No Heaven for Good Boys is a testament to the power of friendship and the tenacity of the human spirit."--Jasmin Darznik, author of Song of a Captive Bird

"A propulsive and captivating novel . . . The characters are fully realized and empathetically rendered; I was rooting for Ibrahimah and his family from page one. I'm so glad that Bush has told this story."--Mandy Berman, author of The Learning Curve

"A captivating story of modern-day Senegal, beautifully written, wonderfully told."--David Updike, author of Old Girlfriends

"A tale of resilience and survival."--The Millions

"[A] powerful, Dickensian debut novel . . . Bush is a born storyteller, who knows how to speak in the language of the boys she brings to life. They are hungry and they want love--the latter being the word most often used in this devastating, drawn-from-real-events story."--Literary Hub

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