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book cover for Hangman by Maya Binyam
ISBN 9780374610074
Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers
Author photo of Maya Binyam. (Photo credit: Tonje Thilesen)
Maya Binyam

Maya Binyam is a writer whose work has appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, the New York Times MagazineNew YorkBookforum, Columbia Journalism Review, and the New York Times Book Review, among others. More about this author >

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In the morning, I received a phone call and was told to board a flight. The arrangements had been made on my behalf. I packed no clothes, because my clothes had been packed for me. A car arrived to pick me up.

A man returns home to sub-Saharan Africa after 26 years in America. When he arrives, he finds that he doesn’t recognize the country or anyone in it. Thankfully, someone recognizes him, a man who calls him brother―setting him on a quest to find his real brother, who is dying.

In Hangman, Maya Binyam tells the story of that search, and of the phantoms, guides, tricksters, bureaucrats, debtors, taxi drivers, relatives, riddles, and strangers that will lead to the truth.