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So Many Africas by Jill Kandel
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it was amazing

A beautiful book, filled with gorgeous tales and imagery from Zambia. I've been circling around this book for years, curious to compare Kandel's experience living in Zambia with my own. What a treasure to read her words about I place I hold so dear, yet a place that wrought such self-scrutiny and longing within me. Kandel's experiences brought the loneliness of being an ex-pat into sharp focus, alongside the fascinating and vibrant culture of Zambia. Her characters are wonderfully drawn and the lyrical landscape sings from the page. What I loved most about So Many Africas is how carefully Kandel reveals her younger, more naive self to us with all the tenderness of a trusted, wiser friend. How I can relate to that determined young woman, and how desperately I wish we could have shared a cup of tea alongside the Zambezi River.

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Finished Reading
March 12, 2015 – Shelved
March 12, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read

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