Half a Yellow Sun
A book getting a lot of press lately in the western literary press is Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
The novel chronicles the lives of three people caught up in the Biafran Civil War that tore apart Nigeria in the late 1960s. The title refers to the ill-fated Republic of Biafra's flag.
Canada's CBC has a good piece on the book.
Mother Jones magazine has a long interview with the author.
The official site of the book is worth a look too.