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Praise Song for the Butterflies

(2018)
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Abeo Kata lives a comfortable, happy life in West Africa as the privileged nine-year-old daughter of a government employee and stay-at-home mother. But when the Katas' idyllic lifestyle takes a turn for the worse, Abeo's father, following his mother's advice, places the girl in a religious shrine, hoping that the sacrifice of his daughter will serve as atonement for the crimes of his ancestors. Unspeakable acts befall Abeo for the 15 years she is held in the shrine. When she is finally rescued, broken and battered, she must struggle to overcome her past, endure the revelation of family secrets, and learn to trust and love again.

In the tradition of Chris Cleave's Little Bee, this novel is a contemporary story that offers an eye-opening account of the practice of ritual servitude in West Africa. Spanning decades and two continents, Praise Song for the Butterflies will break your heart and then heal it.

"An engrossing novel that truly is a praise song for survivors everywhere." (Kirkus Reviews)

"A tale set in [West Africa], where a girl is given up by her family, endures a very hard life, and, once set free, must find a way to heal and live forward." (Philadelphia Inquirer, included in Must-Read Books for Summer 2018)

"Recent favorites [at Mahogany Books in Washington, DC] include...award-winning novelist Bernice L. McFadden's forthcoming Praise Song for the Butterflies, about a nine-year-old West African girl sacrificed into religious servitude." (Vanity Fair, included in a feature on Mahogany Books)

Genre: Literary Fiction

Used availability for Bernice L McFadden's Praise Song for the Butterflies

Hardback Editions

October 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Praise Song for the Butterflies
Author(s): Bernice L McFadden
ISBN: 1-909762-88-1 / 978-1-909762-88-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jacaranda
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December 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Praise Song for the Butterflies
Author(s): Bernice L McFadden
ISBN: 1-4328-6143-3 / 978-1-4328-6143-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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August 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Praise Song for the Butterflies
Author(s): Bernice L McFadden
ISBN: 1-61775-575-3 / 978-1-61775-575-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Akashic Books
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Paperback Editions

August 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Praise Song for the Butterflies
Author(s): Bernice L McFadden
ISBN: 1-61775-626-1 / 978-1-61775-626-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Akashic Books
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Audio Editions

October 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: Praise Song for the Butterflies
Author(s): Bernice L McFadden
ISBN: 1-72135-786-6 / 978-1-72135-786-4
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
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August 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Praise Song for the Butterflies: A Novel
Author(s): Bernice L McFadden
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Praise Song for the Butterflies: A Novel
Author(s): Bernice L McFadden
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon AU   


August 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Praise Song for the Butterflies: A Novel
Author(s): Bernice L McFadden
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


August 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Praise Song for the Butterflies: A Novel
Author(s): Bernice L McFadden
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Praise Song for the Butterflies
Author(s): Bernice L McFadden
Publisher: Jacaranda Books
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August 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Praise Song for the Butterflies
Author(s): Bernice L McFadden
Publisher: Akashic Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA