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Africa junction

Author: Ginny Baily
Publisher: London. : Harvill Secker, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Adele is in a mess. On her own with her young son, struggling to cope with her job as a teacher, stuck in a disastrous affair, her life is unravelling. The sharp contrasts and certainties she experienced during the years she spent as a child in far-off Senegal have faded to a distant blur. One night, when she looks in the bathroom mirror, she sees the face of Ellena, a girl she knew in those carefree days, staring  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ginny Baily
ISBN: 9781846554605 1846554608
OCLC Number: 733600261
Description: 278 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: - Adele is in a mess. On her own with her young son, struggling to cope with her job as a teacher, stuck in a disastrous affair, her life is unravelling. The sharp contrasts and certainties she experienced during the years she spent as a child in far-off Senegal have faded to a distant blur. One night, when she looks in the bathroom mirror, she sees the face of Ellena, a girl she knew in those carefree days, staring back at her from the glass. As the daughter of a nightwatchman in exile from the brutal conflict in Liberia, Ellena's childhood was far from the idyll of Adele's memories. Her mysterious appearance sets in motion a chain of events that takes Adele back to Africa, in the hope that she can make amends for a heartless act that broke the girls' friendship and damaged Ellena's family irrevocably. "Africa Junction" artfully interweaves the stories of dramatically different lives and experiences --
a Senegalese boy setting sail for Europe, a Welsh teenager running from Timbuktu, a young girl escaping from a life of slave-labour in Mali --
but at its heart is Adele and her quest. From Britain to Senegal and Liberia's civil war, "Africa Junction" follows a woman's attempt to get her life together. Out of violence and difficulty there emerges a vision of common humanity and the possibility of redemption and love.
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Adele is in a mess. On her own with her young son, struggling to cope with her job as a teacher, and stuck in a disastrous - and dangerous - affair, her life is unravelling. The sharp contrasts and  Read more...

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"Ginny Baily's first novel is a thrilling ride. It takes in large issues of armed conflict and epidemics, and small ones of private, tender emotion. It is always exactly conceived and precise, and it Read more...

 
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