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Love in the Driest Season.

LOVE IN THE DRIEST SEASON. Neely Tucker. 2004. Read by Michael Kramer. 6-1.5 hour tapes. Books on Tape. 0-7366-9861-2. $63.00. Vinyl; content notes. SA

An American journalist working in Africa, Tucker became inured to violence. He walked where genocide had killed hundreds of thousands in Rwanda in 1994; he covered the 1998 bombing of the American embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and he filed stories when civil wars broke out in Kinshasa, the Congo and in Sierra Leone. But what broke his heart was seeing the devastation caused by AIDS among the children of Harare, the capitol city of Zimbabwe, where he lived with Vita, his African American wife. They volunteered at a crowded orphanage where they fell in love with Chipo, a tiny, sick girl who had been abandoned at birth in the countryside. We come to empathize with this childless couple who give life and hope to a single child plucked from among the many, enduring a mind-numbing bureaucratic process to adopt her. Through flashbacks, the degrading racism of Mississippi, where Tucker grew up, also comes into focus.

Kramer's deep, rich voice sometimes seems a bit too heavy in depicting the anguished, sensitive Tucker, but he never lets listeners lose track of Tucker as a driven professional and loving father. Will be a popular library choice. Edna Boardman, Bismarck, ND
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Author:Boardman, Edna
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Date:Jul 1, 2004
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