When Jenny Dunfree, a graduate student in ornithology, is assigned to a birding project in a remote area of Panama, she is given one directive by her superior: don't piss anyone off. Almost immediately, Jenny encounters problems with this assignment. While slogging on with her research, Jenny is required to attend weekly "town hall" meetings in the Kuna village. Jenny finds the native Kuna people to be a prickly lot, quick to take offense. But as the weeks pass, Jenny becomes acquainted with Pedro, a man cynical and detached from his own culture; Eulogio, the charismatic leader; Iris, who had married the previous ornithology student; the racially prejudiced Anselmo; and Ceferino, with whom Jenny shares a passion for the natural world. Jenny also encounters outsiders with their own agendas for the Kunas and the surrounding rainforest.
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"When Jenny, a budding ornithologist, is sent to a remote region of Panama to observe its eagles, she discovers that interacting with the Kuna villagers of the area is just as important (and sometimes just as puzzling) as studying the birds. Cassandra Campbell's facility with accents helps to bring the characters to life and provides a contrast to the descriptive and reflective passages in this slow-paced novel. At one point, when Jenny is reading from a villager's diary, it's difficult to determine who is speaking, but Campbell's narration is otherwise easy to follow. Her smooth voice lends a sensual tone to this story of a young graduate student who falls under the spell of her tropical surroundings. A.E.B. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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