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Still Waters in Niger
Still Waters in Niger by Kathleen Hill 0810150891 9780810150898
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Still Waters in Niger by Kathleen Hill

Still Waters in Niger is a beautifully observed account of a return to a place at once exotic and familiar, as well as a tale of inner discovery. As she reacquaints herself with her daughter and with the Africa of her past, the narrator meets other mothers and their children. Her own memories of young motherhood strong, she becomes aware of the strikingly similar ways in which the impassioned and often difficult bonds between mothers and daughters are revealed across the divide of cultures. Hill paints a compelling portrait of a community of women grounded by kinship and by care for their children, a society characterized not only by pain and exhaustion but by humor, delicacy, and strength.<P>The narrators journey to a place six thousand miles from home is also a solitary voyage of introspection. Visited by ancestral memories of the Irish famine, she is stirred by Muslim prayers that echo her own inherited -- but neglected -- faith. And with Zara, the daughter she had once guided, and whom she is now guided by, she encounters hunger, not only in its literal, most devastating form but in other guises as well: the hunger of memory when she and Zara return to the desert city of Zinder in search of the house where they had lived seventeen years before; and hunger for what is nearest and what is farthest away, in her encounters with a one-legged boy who befriends her and comes to represent the child she thought she had lost forever in her daughter.

Author: Kathleen Hill

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 206

Publisher: Triquarterly

Publication Date: 1999-05-17

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