Sep 10, 10
Read in August, 2010
The characters in this novel were deplorable. I thought I would relate to the main character- after all, she's an American family planning worker in East Africa, how could I not? However, she proved naive and idiotic, and did not grow through the novel. She was unbelievable, as was the arc of her nemesis-love interest. The denouement was utterly unconvincing.
This book was written in 1994, before family planning was firmly situated within a human rights framework and before HIV was transformed from an eventual death sentence into a manageable, chronic disease (highly active antiretroviral therapy- that is, the generation of drugs beyond AZT- was introduced in 1996, dramatically changing the AIDS landscape) so it has a very dated feel.
I do not recommend this book.