A Different Sun

A Different Sun

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A qlush, evocative, breathtakingq* debut novel from Elaine Neil Orr, qreminiscent of Barbara Kingsolver's magnum opus, The Poisonwood Bible, with elements of Joseph Conrad and Louise Erdrich.q* Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. When Emma Davis reads the words of Isaiah 6:8 in her room at a Georgia womena€™s college, she understands her true calling: to become a missionary. It is a leap of faith that sweeps her away to Africa in an odyssey of personal discovery, tremendous hardship, and profound transformation. For the earnest, headstrong daughter of a prosperous slave owner, living among the Yoruba people is utterly unlike Emmaa€™s sheltered childhooda€”as is her new husband, Henry Bowman. Twenty years her senior, the mercurial Henry is the object of Emmaa€™s mad first love, intensifying the sensations of all they see and share together. Each day brings new tragedy and heartbreak, and each day, Emma somehow finds the hope, passion, and strength of will to press onward. Through it all, Henrya€™s first gift to Emma, a simple writing boxa€”with its red leather-bound diary and space for a few cherished keepsakesa€”becomes her closest confidant, Emmaa€™s last connection to a life that seems, in this strange new world, like a passing memory. A tale of social and spiritual awakening; a dispatch from a difficult era at home and abroad; and a meditation on faith, freedom, and desire, A Different Sun is a captivating fiction debut. *Library Journal (starred review)Youa#39;re better. Everything is so lovely.a€ She could hear her voice rising as she spoke. a€œWe both know I need a rest, a€ he said. a€œWea#39;ll go home for the winter in Georgia and miss the dry season here. Ia#39;ll do nothing but sit by the house fire, eatinganbsp;...

Title:A Different Sun
Author: Elaine Neil Orr
Publisher:Penguin - 2013-04-02

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