|Pages/Publication Date:||320 / 2019|
"This is how we carried out of Africa the poor broken body of Bwana Daudi, the Doctor, David Livingstone, so that he could be borne across the sea and buried in his own land." So begins Petina Gappah's Chautauqua Prize winning novel of exploration and adventure in 19th-century Africa, following the loyal men and women who carried explorer and missionary Dr. Livingstone's body as well as his papers and maps, journeying 1500 miles across the continent of Africa. Narrated by Halima, the doctor's sharp-tongued cook, and Jacob Wainwright, a rigidly pious freed slave, this is a story that encompasses all of the hypocrisy of slavery and colonization while celebrating resilience and love.
"Petina Gappah knows what she writes; her historical and cultural insights add texture and veracity to every page. A powerful novel, beautifully told."—Jesmyn Ward