My debut novel, The Atlas of Forgotten Places, was published in 2017 by St. Martin's Press, and my writing has appeared in several anthologies. I am working (slowly) on a new novel, set in Yosemite National Park during World War II.
"Riveting in plot and profound in portrait...an extraordinary debut"
--Washington Independent Review of Books
“Nothing short of astonishing.”
--Kwei Quartey, author of the Darko Dawson crime series, including Death by His Grace
The Atlas of Forgotten Places
**One of Bustle's top novels published in July 2017, and featured in the San Diego Union Tribune**
Two women from different worlds, bound in a quest to save their loved ones.
After a long career as an aid worker, Sabine Hardt has retreated to her native Germany for a quieter life. But when her American niece Lily disappears while volunteering in Uganda—possibly investigating the illegal ivory trade—Sabine must return to places and memories she once thought buried in order to find her.
In Uganda, Rose Akulu—haunted by a troubled past with the Lord’s Resistance Army and a family torn apart by war—is distressed when her lover Ocen vanishes without a trace. Side by side, Sabine and Rose unravel the tangled threads that tie Lily and Ocen’s lives together, ultimately discovering that the truth of their loved ones’ disappearance is inescapably entwined to the secrets the two women carry.
From the streets of Kampala to the wilderness of Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, The Atlas of Forgotten Places spans geographies and generations to lay bare the stories that connect us all.
“Gritty and intricately plotted”
"A thriller that sweeps the reader into intrigue, adventure, and mystery"
--John Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and The Secret History of the American Empire
“A beautiful, heartbreaking story of civil war, family secrets, lost love and found hope. Unforgettable.”
--Lian Dolan, Los Angeles Times bestselling author
Read a sample: Read the first chapter for free on Kindle.
Take action: Learn about how you can support organizations fighting the illegal ivory trade and engaging in humanitarian work across Africa.
Lead a book club: Download the reading group guide (PDF) from the publisher to read a Q&A and an excerpt from "Birds of Africa," an unpublished manuscript that was the precursor to The Atlas of Forgotten Places. I've also included photos of my travels in Uganda and the DR Congo.