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I m always drawn to books and movies that take place in Africa This heart wrenching novel draws a portrait of Kenya that is easily visualized bustling Nairobi dusty Masai villages the drought stricken Great Rift Valley and a giant baobab tree that provides a shady spot to converse with the A Beach Party with Alexis living and the dead The overarching theme is of being an unseen neglectedignoreddeniedabused child and how that plays out in adulthood With the exception of Simi who is unseen because she is a childless Masai wife There s a tremendous amount ofoneliness and anguish in this story where the only hope Anak Bajang Menggiring Angin lives in the children of these damaged women and one man A notable debut with an excellent afterward by the author explaining how she drew upon her own experience growing up in Africa as a child of an American international aid worker Well I think this was just a mismatch The book itself wasn t necessarily bad but I sure didn t enjoy it I actually resorted to skimming uite a bit I read this for a book club and that is what motivated met to finish this one All that being said if this sounds interesting to you go for it The Brightest Sun by Adrienne Benson is about belonging in a country in a community in a family The story weaves between several women Leona an anthropologist who escaped a troubled childhood in Oregon to find herself in a remote village in Kenya Jane whose early experiences in Africa were filled with violence at the hands of poachers and whoater returns to the country as the wife of an embassy employee Simi the Maasai woman who is shunned in her village for her inability have a child and Adia the Kenyan born daughter with United States citizenship who will grow to navigate both worlds That probably seems The House Guest Box Set (SwingersThreesome Bisexual MMF Cuckold Hotwife Menage) ) like aot to swallow but when the stories do intersect there s a nice symmetry between them A major theme is motherhood and I appreciate how this topic was handled As someone who Havana - Tile Designs. Les carraeux de la Havane. (1Cdrom) learned at a young age that I wouldn t be able to have kids I suppose I m sensitive to the way motherhood is handled particularly when it comes to the idea that motherhood is a must and that women who don t have childrenive sad pitiable Operational Culture for the Warfighter lives Benson doesn t go there but she does present a range of reactions to motherhood from unintended motherhood toosing a child to wanting a child to making amends with your child for mothering mistakes There s a The Butterfly and the Baron lot to unpack here but it s well done and an engrossing readThanks to the publisher for a review copy via NetGalley This was a well written book withots of good characters I cannot believe it s a first novel The book is about three women who Snow Monsters Do Drink Hot Chocolate (The Bailey School Kids Junior Chapter Book, live in Africa and theirives There s not a dull page in the book and I am very grateful that I won it on goodreads Let s hope Adrienne Benson is writing her next novel Having been to Africa twice and read several books set in various parts of Africa The Poisonwood Bible Half of a Yellow Sun Little Bee Americanah The Constant Gardener The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency Leopard at the Door The Tears of Dark Water West With the Night Circling the Sun and now this I didn t feel that The Brightest Sun. An illuminating debut following three women in sub Saharan Africa as they search for home and familyLeona an isolated American anthropologist gives birth to a baby girl in a remote Maasai village and must decide how she can be a mother in spite of her own grim childhood Jane a Taras Song lonely expat wife follows her husband to the tropics andearns just how fragile ife.
Captured the essence of Africa as much as others that I have read The descriptions are not as vivid and I didn t particularly ike or relate to the characters Leona is such a broken person that she can t even pay attention to her daughter who is craving and n ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review The Brightest Sun by Adrienne Benson was the brightest part of my weekend I am so pleased that I had the opportunity to read this vividly written novelThree women Dont Let Go (Tyack Frayne, living three uniuely differentives find their paths crossing in unexpected ways Have you ever wonder I Under Crescent and Cross loved this book and am recommending it to reader friends It s definitely an illuminating debut The author does a skillful job of weaving together the stories of 3 women and various related characters Iove books that transport me far from my everyday Atlantis, Alien Visitation Genetic Manipulation life or in this case far from the airplane where I read most of the book I too am always drawn to books set in Africa especially East Africa and the world of expats peace Corp and aid workers etc The setting is Africa mainly Kenya Having visited Africa a number of times I often enjoy books which view theocations from the perspective of various characters This is a character driven story focusing on three mothers It shows how each was shaped by their own background culture and early Vamped (Vamped, life by distant neglectful or overbearing mothers or by childhood abuse andoneliness The story focuses on two Western women Egomaniac living in Kenya Leona an anthropologist studying the Maasai isiving among the tribe Jane has come to Africa to help conserve elephants and work in an effort to prevent poaching I suspected that neither were there for the right reasons but to escape an unpleasant Backyard life back home They soon become adrift in their own emotional problems Leona is presented as being cold and devoid of any desire forong term or fulfilling personal interactions When to her dismay she becomes an unwed mother she refuses any relationship with the man responsible who wishes to help raise her daughter Aida Leona fails to bond with the baby daughter and feels apathetic about motherhood Although understanding her upbringing I could empathize but her The End of the Hunt lack of warmth towards the child was disturbing She decides to co parent with Simi a barren Maasai woman Childless women are considered baduck in the Maasai culture and Simi yearns for a child of her own She fears being outcast by her husband and by the rest of her community Soon the child is enjoying her introduction to the Maasai way of Rozvaliny Gorlanu (Hraničářův učeň, life and theove of Simi and the other village women Her Bikini life is torn between the Maasai culture and when she joins Leona in Nairobiherife amongst the expat community there Leona tends to neglect Adia and Facilitation Made Easy leave the independent daughter to wander the city and outskirts by herself Jane is glad toeave her work with the elephants after a frightening encounter with poachers She marries a man whose career is in overseas government service which involves moving constantly with husband and young daughter Grace She resents the freuent moves and starts isolating herself in the new. Is Simi a barren Maasai woman must confront her infertility in a society in which females are valued by their reproductive roles In this affecting debut novel these three very different women grapple with motherhood recalibrate their identities and confront unforeseen tragedies and triumphsIn beautiful evocative prose Adrienne Benson brings to ife the strikin.
Postings She dislikes her husband s promising career and distances herself from him and finds herself clinging to Grace Jane is becoming depressed Adia and Grace become friends when they are age 12 and in spite of very different home ives become inseparable At this point the three mothers and the girls are connected through a dreadful tragedy I found the story contained much heartbreak and sorrow with only minor glimpses of any happiness The resolution hints at healing and a promising future This was the perfect book to finish on Mother s day as it focuses on three different mothers Two of them have the added challenge of also trying to adjust and make a Dirty Dealing living in a country not their own The country is Africa Kenya but also travels to s few other places on the continent I am not going to rehash the plot because the book summary does that So Il just say one mother comes from a Arnhem 1944 line of bad mothers women who are not naturally nurturing Another is a member of the Massai tribe a tribe that puts a great deal of pressure on women to bear children as those who sre barren are considered unlucky This mother becomes a mother in a different way Our third mother is married to s man and moves to s differentocation every three years or so All these mothers will eventually play important roles in each other You Get What You Give livesBeautiful descriptions of Africa flora fauna as well as the insidious effects of drought The roles of a mother how difficult but rewarding that can be how hard for those who struggle with that role Elephsnt mothers have their daughters with them forife not so as one of our mothers says in the book daughters go away and mothers must Finding Reason let go This book gives us much to cheer about but also much to grieve about also much to think How important mothers are in a child s earlyife and how the effect from bad or negligent mothering can follow one through their Sniper (Women of the United Federation Marines, life It also contains one of the most emotive expressions of grief I have ever readThe characters were wonderful realistic identifiable My two favorites were the Massai mother Simi and Adia a shared daughter I didn t dislike any of them but felt for these two the most related to them best A beautiful combination of making a home in a home that is not your own and the descriptions of a bautiful but chsngesble Africa And mothers mothers everywhere no matter how you became one whether human or not mothrrs of fur babies if you nurture andove you are valuableARC from Edelweiss Three women each bearing a burden Leona is carrying the awful things that happened to her as a child something that stifles her with fear of the closeness of a relationship and distances her from her newborn daughter Simi is grieving for her inability to bear children of being barren in a society where a woman is deemed worthless without children but mostly her deep desire to be a mother Jane bears the burden of guilt failing to promise her mother to care for her brother as her mother asked before she died Their paths cross in the wild and beautiful The Pleasure-Dome land of Kenya home to Simi and where Leona comes as an anthropologist and Jane with her husban. G Kenyan terrain as these women'sives intertwine in unexpected ways As they face their own challenges and heartbreaks they find strength traversing the arid 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes landscapes of tenuous human connection With gripping poignancy The Brightest Sun explores the heartbreak ofoss the struggle to find a sense of belonging and the surprising ways we find our family and ho.