Release Date: April 4th 1988
Published by: Dutton
The publication of this account of a young woman's return journey to her childhood home of Ghana, West Africa, in 1982-1983, marks the debut of a writer whose passionate interest in the issues that divide the first and third worlds is reflected in her unusual ability to explore the nuances of cultural difference. With Mary, a lifelong missionary, as her travelling companion, she becomes immersed in the life of a small Ghanaian village. Through her eyes, we begin to understand how crises of sexuality and sanity, love and violence, tradition and change, are suffered and ultimately transcended by this African people. This is the story of a young woman's search for her own identity, but also of an even greater crisis of understanding: the struggle of Africans with the Western culture that, increasingly, defines and dominates their own.