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by Neely Tucker

eBook Love in the Driest Season epub
  • ISBN: 0609609769
  • Author: Neely Tucker
  • Genre: Biographies
  • Subcategory: Ethnic & National
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Crown; 1 edition (February 17, 2004)
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • ePUB size: 1507 kb
  • FB2 size 1723 kb
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In that miserable season, lost among the many in the orphanage, lay the girl-child Constance and Herbert discovered. She had fallen ill almost the day she was admitted

In that miserable season, lost among the many in the orphanage, lay the girl-child Constance and Herbert discovered. She had fallen ill almost the day she was admitted. Her tiny stomach was bloated and distended, her arms and legs withered. Now I was in Harare, trying to explain to Tambadini why this unexpected delivery did not constitute an act of ugly American hubris. Mr. Tambadini, I said in an attempt to lighten the situation, I’m five foot seven inches, and I don’t think anybody has ever said I tried to act like a big-. We have just met, Mr. Tucker, and yet I know your kind very well, he cut me off, looking at his fingernails.

Neely Tucker is a white southern journalist who is married to Vita, a black, Detroit woman. Books like this one bring us greater understanding of the world than we'll ever find in the nightly news in America or in newspapers. After moving around the world, Tucker is posted in Zimbabwe. During the mid-late 90s, he and his wife are moved to help the smallest victims of the African AIDS crisis-the orphans and infants often clinging to the smallest thread of hope for life. Stories like this one bring situations to a personal level, something we tend to forget that every situation really is. We need more stories like this, though the dangers to those who report them are overwhelming.

If social workers got angry, then we’d just have to deal with being the ugly Americans. I had seen so far did not bolster my confidence. So we got an official adoption application. It was four pages long. There were twenty-four questions and any number of subpoints

Left to die on the day she was born, she had been placed in the tall brown grass that covers the highlands of Zimbabwe in the dry season, when the sun burns for days on end and rain is a rumor that will not come true for many months. She had been abandoned in the thin shade of an acacia tree, according to the only theory of events police ever put forth. There were no clues as to exactly when she was left there, or why, or how, or by whom. She just appeared one day, like Moses in the bulrushes. Patches of dried blood and placenta streaked her body.

In 1997 foreign correspondent Neely Tucker and his wife, Vita, arrived in Zimbabwe. An extraordinary book of immense feeling and significant social relevance. Love in the Driest Season challenges anyone-even those numbed by the world’s abundant cruelty-not to care. After witnessing the devastating consequences of AIDS and economic disaster on the country’s children. Unceasingly compelling and filled with soaring highs and lows, Love in the Driest Season is a remarkable memoir of love and family. A gorgeous mix of family memoir and reportage that traverses the big issues of politics, racism, and war.

When foreign correspondent Neely Tucker and his wife, Vita, are transferred from Warsaw, Poland, to Zimbabwe in 1997, they are . This guide is designed to direct your reading group's discussion of Love in the Driest Season.

When foreign correspondent Neely Tucker and his wife, Vita, are transferred from Warsaw, Poland, to Zimbabwe in 1997, they are thrilled with the assignment and eager to put down roots in their new home. Yet not even Tucker's hands-on experiences reporting from the most violent and lawless corners of the globe could prepare them for life at the epicenter of the worldwide AIDS epidemic.

An utterly thrilling mystery set in Washington, . Love in the Driest Season. in the late 1990s, just before the Internet and the rise of smartphones changed the landscape of print journalism. Meticulously plotted, fast-paced. Every character is fully fleshed out and the dialogue is pitch perfect. For mystery and crime fiction lovers, particularly fans of Elmore Leonard, to whom Tucker dedicates his book, this is a must-read.

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Foreign correspondent Neely Tucker and his wife, Vita, arrived in Zimbabwe in 1997. After witnessing firsthand the devastating consequences of AIDS on the population, especially the children, the couple started volunteering at an orphanage that was desperately underfunded and short-staffed. One afternoon, a critically ill infant was brought to the orphanage from a village outside the city. She’d been left to die in a field on the day she was born, abandoned in the tall brown grass that covers the highlands of Zimbabwe in the dry season. After a near-death hospital stay, and under strict doctor’s orders, the ailing child was entrusted to the care of Tucker and Vita. Within weeks Chipo, the girl-child whose name means gift, would come to mean everything to them. Still an active correspondent, Tucker crisscrossed the continent, filing stories about the uprisings in the Congo, the civil war in Sierra Leone, and the postgenocidal conflict in Rwanda. He witnessed heartbreaking scenes of devastation and violence, steeling him further to take a personal role in helping anywhere he could. At home in Harare, Vita was nursing Chipo back to health. Soon she and Tucker decided to alter their lives forever—they would adopt Chipo. That decision challenged an unspoken social norm—that foreigners should never adopt Zimbabwean children. Raised in rural Mississippi in the sixties and seventies, Tucker was familiar with the mores associated with and dictated by race. His wife, a savvy black woman whose father escaped the Jim Crow South for a new life in the industrial North, would not be deterred in her resolve to welcome Chipo into their loving family. As if their situation wasn’t tenuous enough, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was stirring up national fervor against foreigners, especially journalists, abroad and at home. At its peak, his antagonizing branded all foreign journalists personae non grata. For Tucker, the only full-time American correspondent in Zimbabwe, the declaration was a direct threat to his life and his wife’s safety, and an ultimatum to their decision to adopt the child who had already become their only daughter. Against a background of war, terrorism, disease, and unbearable uncertainty about the future, Chipo’s story emerges as an inspiring testament to the miracles that love—and dogged determination—can sometimes achieve. Gripping, heartbreaking, and triumphant, this family memoir will resonate throughout the ages.
Comments: (7)
a great book which details the effects of AIDS & HIV on sub-shahara africa esp zimbabwee which had the added burden of their incompetent dictator, mugabe seen through the eyes of an international reporter for a detroit newspaper who is white & marries a black women; they try to adopt an abandon baby in mugabe's country who almost dies but is saved by them; a very touching story but can be depressing due to the reality of what was happening in africa in the last two or so decades; i recommend this book highly
Great story about unbelievable perseverance and
. The determination of a couple
To overcome all obstacles in unsettled Zimbabwe.
To take home, heal and adopt a sick abandoned child amid.
the political upheaval, poverty.and violence
Amazing facts about the numbers of children orphaned by Aids
The struggle to keep those children alive on a dime, a struggle so often lost.
Bureaucracy, and seemingly deliberate bureaucratic delay by
A governments.
It was A race against
Time and fates that had me holding my breath then pumping my fist!
A gripping book encompassing the author's attempt to adopt an orphan in Zimbabwe. A beautiful love story, with realistic portraits of Zimbabwe going mad under Robert Mugabe. Also a bit of a thriller, since the outcome is in such question for so long.
A book not for the faint of heart but full of information about life in Africa and the government issues that the people of that nation face.
I love learning about new cultures, but Zimbabwe's is really sad. Neely Tucker kept me hooked wanting to know how things were going to turn out for Chipo. I read this book on a beach vacation and was in tears many times. A good read and I would recommend it.
Interesting to read about the magnitide of the AIDS/orphan crisis in Africa (more particularly Zimbabwe). I also was impressed at the determination and perseverance it took to make one special orphan their daughter.
I was afraid about a white American writing a book about an orphan in Zim, but the savior complex didn’t really surface. I was really interested in the background on Zimbabwe that the author offered throughout the book. All in all, it was a pretty good and heart worming story about parents who fight to keep their daughter with them.
Neely Tucker is an amazing writer. I was absolutely blown away by the power in his words. I have read many articles he has written, but was not prepared for the talent and amazing writing style of this memoir. This book has so many levels of excellence- emotion, very great reporting and historical information, very intimate details of his life, and just plain riveting. I read this book in one day. I literally couldn't tear myself away from it, even though I already knew the outcome of the story.
I wish this book was more well known, especially in light of all the events happening to children all over Africa today. A must read. HIGHLY recommended!
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