As a member of the renowned Flying Doctors Service, Dr. Anne Spoerry treated hundreds of thousands of people across rural Kenya over the span of 50 years, earning herself the cherished nickname "Mama Daktari"—"Mother Doctor." Yet few knew that what drove Sporry's escape from post-World War II Europe to Africa was a past marked by rebellion, submission, and personal decisions that earned her another nickname—this one sinister—while working as a "doctor" in a Nazi concentration camp, later resulting in her exile from her native France. Creating an engrossing narrative of Spoerry's life, John Heminway also explores the human need for atonement, and ponders whether it is possible to rewrite one's past by doing good in the present.
"No novelist could invent a more intriguing, haunted heroine than Dr. Anne Spoerry.... Heminway is an exceptional journalist who also happens to be a thoughtful and compelling writer."—Carl Hiaasen