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The Cry Of The Go-Away Bird

Andrea Eames

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Elise loves the farm that is her home. There is always tea in the silver teapot, gin and tonics are served on the veranda and her days are spent listening to stories of spirits and charms told by her.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. Bookseller Inventory # 9781489360076

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Title: The Cry Of The Go-Away Bird

Publication Date: 2016

Book Condition:New

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Elise loves the farm that is her home. There is always tea in the silver teapot, gin and tonics are served on the veranda and her days are spent listening to stories of spirits and charms told by her nanny, Beauty. As a young white girl growing up in Zimbabwe, her life is idyllic. However, this dream-world of her childhood cannot last. As Elise gets older, her eyes are opened to the complexities of adult life, both through the arrival of her step-father, and through her growing understanding of the tensions in Zimbabwean society. As the privileged existence of the white farmers begins to crumble into anarchy and farm invasions begin, Elise is forced to confront difficult choices and the ancient unforgiving ghosts of the past.

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"In her debut novel, Andrea Eames captures brilliantly the atmosphere of corroding trust that pervades the Coopers' farm...The sands of trust are forever shifting and Eames's description of how the two groups steer around and at times into each other crackles with tension and authenticity...Eames is a young writer with talent, whose novel tackles matters of substance." ( Guardian)

"A frank and unvarnished portrait of life behind the headlines, sharpened by details from the author's own Zimbabwean girlhood" (Hephzibah Anderson Daily Mail)

"Against a shocking backdrop if recent historical events, Andrea Eames has used a fresh, candid voice to create an intimate, sensitive and moving debut novel" (Tina Jackson Metro)

"Eames is a fluent and engaging writer and this debut novel signals real promise for her future." ( Independent)

"This is a touching and assured debut, deceptively complex as Eames must work hard to get the balance between a young girl's development and the crisis in her home country just right, be careful not to let the personal either overwhelm or disappear. That she achieves this is a testament to her powers...Eames is definitely one to watch." ( Scotsman)

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