When Ellie's father dies she has to return to Kenya after twenty-five years to wind up his affairs. She becomes embroiled in trying to discover the secret at the heart of his life and her parents' marriage in 1960's Kenya. It was a time of keeping up appearances, stiff whiskies, English gardens amidst the African Bush, and reined in violence. Told through three voices and set against the poignant backdrop of a changing Africa, this is a wonderfully atmospheric novel about fathers, daughters and Africa.
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"A deeply affecting book, with its own atmosphere of strong, unsparing light and brilliant detail. An exceptional first novel."
--Helen Dunmore, author of Mourning Ruby and The Lilac Tree
"This is the kind of novel that blends documentary with imagination, full of excellent reportage. The novel has pace and passion and a real point to it."
-Margaret Forster, author of Diary of an Ordinary Woman
"Without being heavy-handed or judgmental, Melanie Finn creates a picture of East Africa, then and now, which reveals the sadness, waste, violence, and beauty of the place. A delicately crafted and powerfully evocative novel."
-Esther Freud, author of The Sea House
Melanie Finn spent the first twelve years of her life in Kenya, before moving to the USA. She has written TV scripts in Hollywood and worked as a journalist in Hong Kong, the Far East, and the UK. She divides her time between Brighton and Tanzania.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110141015349