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Casting with a Fragile Thread: A Story of Sisters and Africa

by Wendy Kann

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Touching story of three sisters growing up in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe during tumultuous times...a violent political climate and a disfunctional home life. It would have been more complete if it had included the impact on the family of what was going on in the country. Drawn back to her childhood home by the tragic death of her younger sister, the author is faced with unsettling memories. A good "first book" for Ms. Kann. I hope she writes more. ( )
  readyreader | Sep 28, 2012 |
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Lauren, my youngest sister, was killed in a car accident on a straight and lonely road in Zambia in 1999.
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In this poignant, lyric memoir, a sister's tragic death prompts a woman's unbidden journey into her turbulent African past

A comfortable suburban housewife with three children living in Connecticut, Wendy Kann thought she had put her volatile childhood in colonial Rhodesia--now Zimbabwe--behind her. Then one Sunday morning came a terrible phone call: her youngest sister, Lauren, had been killed on a lonely road in Zambia. Suddenly unable to ignore her longing for her homeland, she decides she must confront the ghosts of her past.

Wendy Kann's is a personal journey, set against a backdrop as exotic as it is desolate. From a privileged colonial childhood of mansions and servants, her story moves to a young adulthood marked by her father's death, her mother's insanity, and the viciousness of a bloody civil war. Through unlikely love she finds herself in the incongruous sophistication of Manhattan; three children bring the security of suburban America, until the heartbreaking vulnerability of the small child her sister left behind in Africa compels her to return to a continent she hardly recognizes.

With honesty and compassion, Kann pieces together her sister's life, explores the heartbreak of loss and belonging, and finally discovers the true meaning of home.

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"A comfortable suburban housewife and mother, Wendy Kann believes she has put her volatile childhood in colonial Rhodesia - now Zimbabwe - behind her. Then one Sunday morning comes a terrible phone call: her youngest sister, Lauren, has been killed on a lonely road in Zambia. Suddenly unable to ignore the pull of the past, Kann must now return to Africa.". "Kann's is a personal journey, set against a backdrop as exotic as it is desolate. Casting back to a privileged colonial childhood of mansions and servants, her story moves through a young adulthood marked by her father's death, her mother's mental illness, and the viciousness of Zimbabwe's bloody civil war. Later, even as she finds herself bewildered by the incongruous sophistication of Manhattan, Kann falls in love, marries, and starts her own family. Not until she is confronted by the vulnerability of the small child her sister has left behind does Kann feel compelled to return to a continent that in so many ways has defined her life."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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