Set in Kenya in the 1950s against the fading backdrop of the British Empire, a story of self-discovery, betrayal, and an impossible love from the author of The Fever Tree.
After six years in England, Rachel has returned to Kenya and the farm where she spent her childhood, but the beloved home she'd longed for is much changed. Her father's new companion—a strange, intolerant woman—has taken over the household. The political climate in the country grows more unsettled by the day and is approaching the boiling point. And looming over them all is the threat of the Mau Mau, a secret society intent on uniting the native Kenyans and overthrowing the whites.
As Rachel struggles to find her place in her home and her country, she initiates a covert relationship, one that will demand from her a gross act of betrayal. One man knows her secret, and he has made it clear how she can buy his silence. But she knows something of her own, something she has never told anyone. And her knowledge brings her power.
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"Listeners who love Alexandra Fuller's memoirs will appreciate this story of a changing Kenya. Katharine McEwan's narration, sprinkled with Swahili phrases, vividly details the various voices of two cultures. She tells Rachel's story, starting with her return as a young woman after six years in England. McEwan juxtaposes Rachel's childhood memories with the current turmoil. Her tone softens with wistful remembering, intermingled with the increasing intensity of racial unease that mushrooms into the bloody 1950s Mau Mau Rebellion against the British. Torn between two worlds, Rachel is forced to face ugly realities: brutal violence, broken taboos, and gender power struggles. McEwan draws listeners into these chilling dramas, and as she urgently tells it, nothing remains the same for Rachel or for the nation of Kenya. R.T. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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