In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills

In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills

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In 1968, a disillusioned Lillian Carlson left Atlanta after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. She found meaning in the hearts of orphaned children in Rwanda and cobbled together her own small orphanage in the Rift Valley. Three decades later, in New York City, Rachel Shepherd, lost and heartbroken herself, embarks on a journey to find the father who abandoned her, a now-famous photographer. When an online search turns up a clue to his whereabouts, Rachel travels to Rwanda to connect with an unsuspecting and uncooperative Lillian. As Rachel tries to unravel the mystery of her father's disappearance, she finds an unexpected ally in a young Tutsi woman who lived through a profound experience alongside her father. Set amongst the gaping wounds of a healing country, follow the intertwining stories of three women who discover something unexpected: grace when there can be no forgiveness.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 20mm | 498.95g
  • BC, Canada
  • English
  • 1771681330
  • 9781771681339
  • 591,337

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About Jennifer Haupt

Jennifer Haupt went to Rwanda as a journalist in 2006 to explore the connections between forgiveness and grief. Her essays and articles have been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Rumpus, Psychology Today, Travel & Leisure, and many other publications.
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Rating details

204 ratings
4.45 out of 5 stars
5 67% (136)
4 19% (39)
3 8% (17)
2 4% (9)
1 1% (3)
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