reception & Awards

A Long Way Gone was awarded the following:

  • 2007 National Book Critic Circle Award
  • 2007 Quill Book Award Finalist
  • 2008 Alex Award
  • 2007 New York Times Notable Book of the Year
  • 2007 Time Magazine's Best Book of the Year
  • 2007 NewsWeek Favorite Book of the Year
  • Time's 100 Best Novels List
A Long Way Gone

About the Book

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

Cover of Zeitoun


"Everyone in the world should read this book... We should read it to learn about the world and about what it means to be human." - The Washington Post

"A breathtaking and unself-pitying account of how a gentle spirit survives a childhood from which all the innocence has suddenly been sucked out. It's a truly riveting memoir." - Time

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