“Danielle Maisano's impressive novel demonstrates an assured feel for time and place. Indeed, the sections set in Togo, especially, with their keen attention to detail and energetic use of dialogue, reminded me strikingly, at times, of Bruce Chatwin's non-fictional accounts of life in remote rural communities.”
- Adam Feinstein , acclaimed author of Pablo Neruda: A Passion for Life.
Praise for The Ardent Witness
“In The Ardent Witness, Danielle Maisano has written a gripping novel that captures the contradictions and the consolations of the modern aid industry. Drawing on her own experiences in the US Peace Corps in Togo, she tells the story of a young writer from Detroit who volunteers to work as a health educator in a remote village for two years, and who discovers the limits of her mission during a crisis that tests her to the core.
Set during the Occupy era, the young people in The Ardent Witness find there is no escape from a faltering international order at home or abroad. The novel encompasses a constellation of vividly drawn characters, each of whom struggles with the same dilemma Lily faces: how to find meaning in an unjust and unequal system that is failing the next generation, wherever they are.
Reminiscent of Graham Greene and Barbara Kingsolver, The Ardent Witness digs into one young woman’s story as a way to examine some deep and troubling questions of our time. It’s a coming of age story for a post-global world.”
- Catherine Davidson, poet, novelist, and essayist, author of The Orchard and The Priest Fainted ( a New York Times Notable Book of the Year)