White Dog Fell From the Sky

White Dog Fell From the Sky

A Novel

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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.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2013
ISBN: 9780670026401
Branch Call Number: FICTION Morse 2013
Characteristics: 354 p. ; 24 cm


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Sep 27, 2017

Morse’s writing is as beautiful as the story is abrasive. We follow the story of Isaac Muthethe who escapes apartheid South Africa to Botswana in the mid-1970s, and an intersecting story of ex-pat American Alice. There is an authentic sense of the place and times, revealing the immoral politics of S. Africa juxtaposed to Botswana which was ruled by a black African married to a white Brit. Morse writes with insight into the land, its people, culture and politics.
A favourite quote: "... in everyone there sleeps a life unlived, as it might be lived if one were loved." (p.104)


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