A Dancer in the Dust

A Dancer in the Dust

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Twenty years ago, Ray Campbell, now a cautious risk-management consultant, was a well-intentioned aid worker dedicated to improving conditions in Lubanda, a newly independent African country. He is forced to reconsider that year of living dangerously when a friend from his time in Lubanda is found murdered in a New York alley. Signs suggest that this most recent tragedy is rooted in the far more distant one of Martine Aubert, the only woman Ray ever truly loved and whose fate he'd sealed in a moment of grievous error: "In Lubanda, twenty years before, I'd rolled the dice for a woman who was not even present at the table, and on the outcome of that toss, a braver and more knowing heart than mine had been forfeited."

Martine Aubert was a white, native Lubandan farmer whose dream for her homeland starkly conflicted with those charged with its so-called development. But Ray's failure to understand Martine's commitment to her country had placed a noose around her neck, one tightened by a circle of vicious men, cruel taunts, and whistling machetes. It is Ray's return to the passion he'd once felt for Martine that makes A Dancer in the Dust the enthralling and moving story of two loves: Ray's love for Martine Aubert, and Martine's love for a homeland that did not love her back.
Publisher: New York : The Mysterious Press, an imprint of Grove/Atlantic Inc., 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780802122728
0802122728
Branch Call Number: COOK
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 24 cm

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Dec 14, 2014

Nuanced look at the Western need to "give" to those deemed less fortunate than the first world. Worth reading

athompson10 Oct 01, 2014

Through the eyes of a naive American narrator, this book takes a hard look at what Western 'charity' does to African nations, and how the best of intentions can have unintended and disastrous consequences. Some of the flashbacks get a little confusing - the narrator goes back and forth among present day, a month ago, three months ago and twenty years ago. A solid, sad book worth reading.

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