February 22, 2019 Laura C.

An Excerpt from Cold White Sun by Sue Farrell Holler

A teenage boy stands outside the Calgary bus station, alone, on a frigid night. He has no winter clothes, no identification, and he speaks little English. His name is Tesfaye, but who is he, and where did he come from?

Tesfaye’s story is true, told by Alberta writer Sue Farrell Holler after hundreds of hours of research and interviews with the real “Tesfaye,” who cannot be identified so as to protect his family. Cold White Sun has the full support and endorsement of “Tesfaye,” and he has provided a statement that serves as the novel’s frontispiece.

The following is the frontispiece from Cold White Sun.


When the author and I began work on this story, I was hurt, confused, and didn’t understand what had happened to me or why. I was angry, but I didn’t know why I was angry and I didn’t know where to direct it — my country, my family, the set of circumstances that caused me to flee Ethiopia, or a combination of all three. My underlying anxiety was senseless but I couldn’t let it go.

Sharing my story and watching it develop as a work of fiction helped me see my past in a different context. is perspective has changed my heart and my mind and brought me peace.

— Tesfaye


Cold White Sun, by Sue Farrell Holler will be available on March 1, 2019 wherever books are sold.

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