The Witch Doctor's Wife

The Witch Doctor's Wife

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"A lush novel, rich with tension and intricately woven, believable characters. Myers clearly loves the Congo--and you will love this book. I did!"

--Mary Alice Monroe, bestselling author of Last Light over Carolina

With The Witch Doctor's Wife, Tamar Myers delves into her personal history as the daughter of Christian missionaries in the Belgian Congo. Rich and alive with the sights and sounds of the continent--as exciting, evocative, charming, and suspenseful as Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels--Myer's unforgettable excursion to colonial Africa recalls Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible, even the Academy Award-nominated film Blood Diamond. Award-winning author Carolyn Hart raves: "Mesmerizing....The Witch Doctor's Wife will long linger in the hearts and minds of readers. Authentic. Powerful. Triumphant."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 307 pages
  • 132.08 x 198.12 x 15.24mm | 294.83g
  • William Morrow & Company
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Original
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061727830
  • 9780061727832
  • 758,483

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Tamar Myers mesmerizing novel of mid-twentieth century Congo plumbs passion, despair, and courage. The Witch Doctor s Wife will long linger in the hearts and minds of readers. Authentic. Powerful. Triumphant.--Carolyn Hart, author of Dare to Die"
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From beloved mystery writer Tamar Myers comes an enthralling tale of duty, greed, danger, and miracles in equatorial Africa.

The Congo beckons to young Amanda Brown in 1958, as she follows her missionary calling to the mysterious "dark continent" far from her South Carolina home. But her enthusiasm cannot cushion her from the shock of a very foreign culture--where competing missionaries are as plentiful as flies, and oppressive European overlords are busy stripping the land of its most valuable resource: diamonds.

Little by little, Amanda is drawn into the lives of the villagers in tiny Belle Vue--and she is touched by the plight of the local witch doctor, a man known as Their Death, who has been forced to take a second job as a yardman to support his two wives. But when First Wife stumbles upon an impossibly enormous uncut gem, events are set in motion that threaten to devastate the lives of these people Amanda has come to admire and love--events that could lead to nothing less than murder.

Richly evocative, written with warmth and humor, and based on the author's own experiences, Tamar Myers's The Witch Doctor's Wife is an unforgettable African journey with a spellbinding mystery at its heart.
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Rating details

1,218 ratings
3.53 out of 5 stars
5 14% (167)
4 40% (489)
3 34% (414)
2 10% (119)
1 2% (29)

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