White Dog Fell from the Sky

White Dog Fell from the Sky

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By (author) Eleanor Lincoln Morse

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Hardback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 33mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 17 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0670026409
  • ISBN 13: 9780670026401
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 684,175

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An extraordinary novel of love, friendship, and betrayal for admirers of Abraham Verghese and Edwidge Danticat 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 1977, 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. Like the African terrain that Alice loves, Morse's novel is alternately austere and lush, spare and lyrical. She is a writer of great and wide-ranging gifts.

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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. She lives on Peaks Island, Maine.

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""White Dog Fell From the Sky "catches the soul of compassion. It is one of the wisest, most comprehensive, most compelling books I've ever read. Neither human nor beast is treated sentimentally, but the capacity to care is celebrated here in a way that is politically and personally cogent. It's a wild and wooly story in a far away land, yet its relevance is present in our own imperfect hearts: who and how to love and when and why to stop. Here's the real thing, a book of genuine intellect and inspiration, superbly written, fascinating."- Sena Jeter Naslund, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Ahab's Wife," "Abundance "and "Adam & Eve" "Magic, friendship, the tragedy of apartheid and the triumph of loyalty are recounted in poetic, powerful prose by this unconventional and intelligent writer. Shattering and uplifting."--Kuki Gallmann, author of "I Dreamed of Africa " "Eleanor Morse captures the magic of the African landscape and the terror and degradation of life under apartheid...[She] channels her fascination with the factious regions into her courageous characters, whose story roars along and arrives, finally, at hope."--"O, The Oprah Magazine" "There are not enough adjectives to describe the strength of this story. Eleanor Morse has written a character driven novel with character. "White Dog Fell From the Sky "has a life of its own that blends reality, insight, observation, and nuance with such ease and grace you forget you are reading...A powerful story of love--love of a person, a people, a land and living with purpose...Emotionally riveting, heartbreaking, and at times unbearable, while simultaneously embracing hope, insight, and a sense of perpetual mystery. Each sentence is more beuatiful than the last."--Gabriel Constans, "New York Journal of Books" "White Dog Fell from the Sky is that rare thing: a convinced and convincing love story. Past that--and this novel's reach is wide--it reminds us, tellingly, how Africa is mother o