'Immersive, exhilarating... an essential voice' New York Times


'A propulsive, heart-rending memoir of love and war and peace, one that marries the language of fantasy with the texture of reality, a thick, riotous beauty with the harshest, rawest pain' Namwali Serpell, author of The Old Drift


When Wayétu Moore turns five years old, her father and grandmother throw her a party at home in Monrovia, Liberia. Yet all she can think about is how much she misses her mother, studying in faraway New York. Before they can be reunited, the Civil War breaks out in Liberia. The family is forced to flee their home on foot, walking along dangerous roads to the relative safety of their ancestral village. Here they will hide until a remarkable rescue by a rebel soldier, who smuggles them across the border.


The Dragons, The Giant, The Women spans this heartbreaking journey into childhood, and Moore's years adjusting to life in the USA, where she discovers a new kind of danger, as a black woman and an immigrant. This is an unforgettable memoir of the search for home in the midst of political and personal upheaval, and an intimate story about the tenacious power of love and family.

The Dragons, the Giant, the Women