A teenage boy flees war-torn Africa and treks across the world, from New York to Paris and back to Africa, desperate to find a greater meaning to life.
African teenager Nickolas returns home from school one day to find his family slaughtered. Shell-shocked, Nickolas escapes war-torn Burundi and flees to Manhattan, but the bustling, superficial city has no patience for the displaced young refugee. Uprooted and determined, Nickolas begins a new life studying psychology and theology. While at college, he meets Levy, a narcissistic law student that Nickolas follows to Paris, where they join Levy’s brother, angry artist Stan. Nickolas witnesses a love triangle develop as Stan and Levy vie for the affections of wealthy socialite. Embroiled in the storm of his friends’ sins and self-obsession, Nickolas struggles to find the brighter side of mankind and, at last, abandons his new life to go home after ten years of running away.
Returning to Burundi, Nickolas is sure that his homeland has the purity that eluded him in New York and Paris. He is delighted to find that both his childhood best friend and his close relative are still alive, and reconnects with them, only to find them just as mired in vice. Alcoholism, womanizing, abuse, and self-indulgence are just as rife in Burundi and Kenya. Nickolas learns that, on each continent, men and women are empty and corrupt with sex, drug addiction and alcoholism. Nickolas doggedly continues on his soul-searching journey, his spirit growing stronger as he goes. Is the grass ever actually Greener on the Other Side? What does it mean to hope the best for humanity and truly turn everything over to God?
The passions and experiences of a Burundian man seeing the world are captured strikingly by Lionel Ntasano in Greener on the Other Side. Nickolas Jordan is a bright, observant boy who grows into a humble, conflicted man of faith. The world treats him savagely, from the murder of his parents to the assault on his friends’ integrity, but, ultimately, Greener on the Other Side is about understanding, forgiveness and God. A solemn but soaring work of realistic literary fiction, Ntasano’s book is epic in scale and powerful in purpose. Nickolas Jordan’s flaws, his virtuesand his persevering faith lead readers through many nations, but more importantly, through the full range of human morality.
About the author: Lionel Ntasano was born in Bujumbura, Burundi and now runs the Nonara Beach Resort in his homeland. His life and work have taken him through Zambia, the U.S.A., Kenya, France andSwitzerland, among others. Writing Greener on the Other Side has helped reconnect him to family and friends after a turbulent life of glamour, travel and tragedy.Greener on the Other Side by Lionel Ntasano (RRP $18.99, RRP $7.99 ebook) is available now from retailers including Amazon.com and can be ordered from all good bookstores.
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