Friday, January 11th, 7:00pm at Longfellow Books
Eleanor Morse’s rich and intimate portrait of Botswana, and of three people whose intertwined lives are at once tragic and remarkable, is an absorbing and deeply moving story.
In apartheid South Africa in 1976, medical student Isaac Muthethe is forced to flee his country after witnessing a friend murdered by white members of the South African Defense Force. He is smuggled into Botswana, where he is hired as a gardener by a young American woman, Alice Mendelssohn, who has abandoned her Ph.D. studies to follow her husband to Africa. When Isaac goes missing and Alice goes searching for him, what she finds will change her life and inextricably bind her to this sunburned, beautiful land.
“Brutal and beautiful … it explores the strength and friendship, the bonds
of love, and the inhumanity regimes are capable of inflicting upon
individuals … Morse’s unflinching portrayals of extremes of loyalty and
cruelty make for an especially memorable novel.” -Publishers Weekly, "Pick of the Week"
Eleanor Morse is the author of An Unexpected Forest, which won the Independent Publisher’s Gold Medalist Award for the Best Regional Fiction in the Northeast U.S., and was selected winner of Best Published Fiction by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance at the 2008 Maine Literary Awards. Join us for the launch party with yet another Maine literary talent. We will kick it off with live Zimbabwean music at 6:30 followed by a reading and signing with Eleanor at 7:00. As always, Longfellow Books Meet the Author events are free and open to the public!