The True Sources of the Nile
By Sarah Stone
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780385721837, 304pp.)
Publication Date: July 8, 2003
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After a year, central Africa has finally started to feel like home to Anne, a human-rights activist from California. Deeply committed to helping the strife-torn nation of Burundi during its first democratic elections, Anne has also begun an intoxicating affair with Jean-Pierre, a government official allied with the Tutsi ruling class. But when the election brings the rival Hutus to power, violence breaks out, leaving thousands of people dead, and laying bare disturbing secrets about Anne’s lover and his family. She reluctantly returns to California, only to discover troubling secrets in her own family.
As she struggles with the moral implications of all she has learned, Anne must reconcile complex conflicting claims of duty and love. The True Sources of the Nile unfolds like a passionately felt love affair that initially obscures the world around it, then comes to brilliantly illuminate it.
SARAH STONE lived in Bujumbura, Burundi, from 1991 to 1993, where she volunteered at the Jane Goodall Institute, taught English as a second language, and reported on human rights. She is on the faculty of the College Writing Programs at the University of California, Berkeley. She lives with her husband, writer Ron Nyren, in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“A complex novel, clarified by a confident and wonderfully readable language. It’s full of energy and place and fact, a romance, a tragedy, and a vital history lesson all in one.” –O, The Oprah Magazine
“Stone writes of love and its far shore, sorrow, with the sure enchantment of a veteran.” –San Francisco Chronicle
“A story that is fast-paced, spiced with intrigue and powered by the universal language of love. Exotic stuff…yet as familiar as ‘Romeo and Juliet.’” –Newsday
“Deft perceptions and deep emotions, set against a real world Westerners know little about, create a pleasing, promising first novel” –The Boston Globe
“Shades of Graham Greene. . . . full of engaging parallels and paradoxes, the novel is an intricate study of irrationality and its mirror image, rationalization…. A sexy story set against questions of family and tribal loyalty and an almost palpable sense of contemporary Africa.” –The Miami Herald