By Helene Cooper
Journalist Helene Cooper examines the violent earlier of her domestic state Liberia and the results of its 1980 army coup during this deeply own memoir and finalist for the 2008 nationwide e-book Critics Circle Award.
Helene Cooper is “Congo,” a descendant of 2 Liberian dynasties—traced again to the 1st send of freemen that set sail from manhattan in 1820 to stumbled on Monrovia. Helene grew up at Sugar seashore, a twenty-two-room mansion through the ocean. Her formative years was once full of servants, flashy automobiles, a villa in Spain, and a farmhouse up-country. It was once additionally an African formative years, choked with knock foot video games and scorching pepper soup, heartmen and neegee. while Helene used to be 8, the Coopers took in a foster child—a universal customized one of the Liberian elite. Eunice, a Bassa woman, unexpectedly grew to become often called “Mrs. Cooper’s daughter.”
For years the Cooper daughters—Helene, her sister Marlene, and Eunice—blissfully loved the trimmings of wealth and virtue. yet Liberia used to be like an unwatched pot of water left boiling at the range. And on April 12, 1980, a gaggle of squaddies staged a coup d'état, assassinating President William Tolbert and executing his cupboard. The Coopers and the whole Congo type have been now the hunted, being imprisoned, shot, tortured, and raped. After a brutal sunlight assault via a ragtag team of squaddies, Helene, Marlene, and their mom fled Sugar seashore, after which Liberia, for the United States. They left Eunice behind.
A global away, Helene attempted to assimilate as an American youngster. on the collage of North Carolina at Chapel Hill she discovered her ardour in journalism, finally turning into a reporter for the Wall highway Journal and the New York Times. She pronounced from everything of the globe—except Africa—as Liberia descended into war-torn, third-world hell.
In 2003, a near-death event in Iraq confident Helene that Liberia—and Eunice—could wait not. straight away a deeply own memoir and an exam of a violent and stratified state, The apartment at Sugar Beach tells of tragedy, forgiveness, and transcendence with unflinching honesty and a survivor's light humor. And at its middle, it's a tale of Helene Cooper’s lengthy voyage domestic.