Far from Home
Written by Na'ima B. Robert
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Strongly placed in the stunning countryside of Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia), this is a lyrical and utterly gripping story which reveals the enormous human cost of the major political upheavals which have swept through the country. Tariro and Katie come from different worlds and grow up twenty five years apart but both have to deal with the fracturing of their society as the old order of white supremacy is swept aside. Both girls know what it means to be far from home. Atmospheric, gripping and epic in scope, Far from Home brings the turbulent history of this country vividly and tangibly to life.
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Far from Home by Na'ima B. Robert
A powerful novel illuminating Zimbabwe's tragic history, from the acclaimed author of From Somalia With Love.
'Will I ever see my home again? I do not know. Will I ever see my father again? I do not know. Will life ever be the same again? I do not know.'
Katie and Tariro are worlds apart but their lives are linked by a terrible secret, gradually revealed in this compelling and dramatic story of two girls grappling with the complexities of adolescence, family and a painful colonial legacy. 14-year-old Tariro loves her ancestral home, the baobab tree she was born beneath, her loving family - and brave, handsome Nhamo. She couldn't be happier. But then the white settlers arrive, and everything changes - suddenly, violently, and tragically. Thirty-five years later, 14-year-old Katie loves her doting father, her exclusive boarding school, and her farm with its baobab tree in rural Zimbabwe. Life is great. Until disaster strikes, and the family are forced to leave everything and escape to cold, rainy London. Atmospheric, gripping and epic in scope, Far from Home brings the turbulent history of Zimbabwe to vivid, tangible life.
Praise for Boy Vs Girl:
'This book confronts some challenging issues and offers a relevant read for anyone interested in the tensions which play themselves out within families and between cultures.' School Librarian
'Here's the thing that makes Boy Vs Girl such a stand-out: It's a coming of age story with a backdrop of faith that might be written for Muslim teens or might be written for me, a person of another faith who appreciates a good story. It works either way which is no small feat. The writing is clear and accessible even though it delves into complicated, but universal, issues.' The Rockpool blog
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Na'ima B. Robert
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