The illegal : a novel / Lawrence Hill.
When Keita, a boy on the island of Zantoroland is targeted for his father's outspoken political views and discovers he must run for his family's survival. He escapes into Freedom State--a wealthy island nation that has elected a government bent on deporting the refugees living within its borders in...
|Main Author:||Hill, Lawrence, 1957-|
Toronto, Ontario :
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.,
When Keita, a boy on the island of Zantoroland is targeted for his father's outspoken political views and discovers he must run for his family's survival. He escapes into Freedom State--a wealthy island nation that has elected a government bent on deporting the refugees living within its borders in the community of AfricTown. Keita can stay safe only if he keeps moving and eludes the officials who would deport him to his own country, where he would face almost certain death. As Keita surfaces from time to time to earn cash prizes by running local road races, he has to assess whether the people he meets are friends or enemies. Keita's very existence in Freedom State is illegal. As he trains in secret, eluding capture, the stakes keep getting higher. Soon, he is running not only for his life, but for his sisters life, too.
392 pages : map ; 24 cm
Canada Reads Finalist 2016
Canada Reads Winner 2016
Lawrence Hill was born in 1957 in Newmarket, Ontario. He earned a B.A. in economics from Laval University in Quebec City and later an M. A. in writing from Johns Hopkins University. Hill taught undergraduate fiction writing while completing his M.A. at Johns Hopkins, and since graduating has taught creative writing in numerous adult education programs. He has worked as a full-time newspaper reporter for The Globe and Mail and The Winnipeg Free Press. He has authored several books. Hill's nonfiction books include Trials and Triumphs: The Story of African-Canadians, Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada , The Deserter's Tale: The Story of An Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq, and Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book: An Anatomy of a Book Burning. Hill's fictional works include Some Great Thing, Any Known Blood ,The Book of Negroes, and The Illegal. The Book of Negroes won several awards including the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize.
(Bowker Author Biography)