Interlink Books
1-800-238-LINK About Interlink Free Catalog How to Order Contact Us Checkout

 

advanced search
What's New
Fall 2017 Catalog
Just Published
Forthcoming Titles
Categories
Gift Ideas by Region-> (221)
Photography (8)
Textiles-> (46)
History & Politics-> (467)
World Travel-> (714)
100 Best Series (2)
Art for Travellers Series (4)
Cadogan Guides (80)
Café Life Series (8)
Ecotraveler's Guides (2)
IN A BOX Walking & Cycling Guides (4)
Interlink Cultural Guides (6)
Interlink Dive Guides (8)
McGilchrist's Greek Islands (21)
Sunflower Landscapes (37)
Sunflower Walk & Eat Series (13)
The "Only In" Guides (11)
The Traveller's History Series (35)
Illustrated Gift Books (78)
The Traveller's Companions (10)
The Business Traveller's Handbooks (11)
Charming Small Hotel Guides (9)
Travellers' Wildlife Guides (12)
Family Travel Guides (6)
On-the-Road Histories (12)
The Traveller's Wine Guides (5)
Lost & Found: Classic Travel Writing (11)
The Spectrum Guides (11)
Walking Guides (26)
Wild Guides (5)
Rucksack Readers (39)
Rucksack Pocket Summits (4)
Traveller's Guides to the Battles & Battlefields of WWII (2)
Interlink World Fiction (80)
Travel Literature (37)
Assorted Travel Titles (125)
International Cooking-> (135)
World Literature-> (650)
Clockroot Books (15)
Children's Books-> (186)
Music & Dance-> (27)
Film Studies-> (9)
Reference-> (85)
Foreign Languages (13)
Art-> (27)
Sports and Recreation-> (26)
Paranormal (19)
Illustrated Gift Books-> (84)
Books by Country
Books by Region
Africa
Antarctica & the Arctic
Australia & the Pacific
Celtic
Central Asia
Eastern Europe
Indian Subcontinent
Latin America & the Carib..
Middle East & North Afric..
North America
Northeast Asia
Southeast Asia
Western Europe
Complete Catalog
Interlink Books booklist
Information
About Interlink
How to Order
Submission Guidelines
Newsletter Signup

Fall 2016 Newsletters
Pane Cafone from Panetteria
Gift bookmark Soup for Syria
Order a Catalog
Contact Us

My Account
Join Our Mailing List
Shopping Cart more
0 items

Children Who Sleep by the River, The
Debbie Taylor

5 1/4" x 8" • 256 pages
Available Options:

Four generations of African women: baby Tendai lies waiting to be born in her mother Beauty's womb; Beauty, pregnant for the first time and fearful of witches' spells, returns from the tobacco fields to her native village and to her mother Miriam, midwife and hotheaded nganga; she in turn listens for the spirit voice of her dead aunt Eustina to tell her how best to bring Beauty's baby into the world, for there is a conflict in her mind between the old, traditional ways and the teachings of Sister Tekedi at the clinic.

Miriam, once revered, is now shunned by the villagers, after one of her treatments failed: a young nephew has died and has been laid to rest with the other children who sleep by the river, where the water washes away the evil that killed them. For here, the miracle of birth is too soon overshadowed by death-by hunger, disease, witchcraft, the evil eye. Beauty's cousin Esther turns to crime to keep her little ones alive, while her barren sister Cornelia yearns desperately for a baby she can never have.

Assured and breathtaking in its imagery, this dramatically beautiful and haunting novel, which unfolds in the heart of rural Zimbabwe, is at once a powerful work of the imagination and a chronicle of real events-in a world where the mundane is at every point touched by magic.

Debbie Taylor has made three documentary films about women in Africa. She is co-editor of New Internationalist magazine and author of Women: A World Report and A Tale of Two Villages.

Submit a Review »

Of Related Interest:
Everything Good Will Come
Orphan Girl and Other Stories, The
Forced to Grow
Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night
News from Home