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The True Sources of the Nile: A Novel

Stone, Sarah

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ISBN 10: 0385503016 / ISBN 13: 9780385503013
Published by Doubleday, U.S.A., 2002
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Author's first novel. An Award winning author writes of love and betrayal. Bookseller Inventory # 001364

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Title: The True Sources of the Nile: A Novel

Publisher: Doubleday, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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An erotic tale of love and betrayal that asks: What are the consequences of passion?
Anne, an American living in central Africa, finds her innate optimism challenged by the realities of her work for peace and democracy. Love is the furthest thing from her mind until she meets Jean-Pierre, a high-ranking, Paris-educated member of the Tutsi ruling class, and they begin an irresistibly intoxicating and blindingly intense affair. While her efforts to improve the conditions in Burundi are laborious and painstaking, the force of their love seems to have conquered the differences between them. For a time, it seems to be an enchanted romance full of burning desire and mutual fascination, until the intractable chaos of the outside world intervenes.

The first crack appears when Anne's mother is diagnosed with cancer, bringing the needs of her family to a fever pitch on the other side of the globe. On a trip to her mother's bedside in the United States, Anne makes shocking discoveries about her family. She returns to Burundi only to find a tense situation that ultimately leaves 100,000 dead in a horrifying outbreak of racial fighting, a crisis that devastates Jean-Pierre's family and reveals a past utterly unknown to her. As violence erupts around them and the divisions between them grow sharper, they wrestle with how to come to terms with their pasts and the possibility of a future together. Meanwhile, the acute demands of her family force Anne to search for her own answer to an unbearable question: What horrors and betrayals can be justified in the name of loyalty, duty, and love?

As much about passion and the power of love as it is about obligation and immutable ties to family, The True Sources of the Nile is a story of lovers from profoundly different worlds, and the terrible choices they must make.

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"The True Sources of the Nile is as rich and complicated as life itself. Few writers can pull off what Sarah Stone manages triumphantly: an intricate tapestry in which joy and love lie side by side with horror and injustice, each strand convincing and clear yet the whole beautifully blended. This is a dazzling novel."
–Andrea Barrett, National Book Award—winning author of Ship Fever and The Voyage of the Narwhal

"The True Sources of the Nile is a vibrant, sensual, moving portrayal of a country in crisis and a heroine in conflict. Sarah Stone has a wonderful gift for conjuring both characters and landscapes on the page. This is a splendid and engrossing novel."
–Margot Livesey, author of The Missing World and Eva Moves the Furniture

"Sarah Stone writes in a supple, lyrical style about matters of life and death in this novel, and at its heart the book is about people who will not tell–will not admit–what they know to be true. At once a passionate love story and an accounting of political warfare in Africa, The True Sources of the Nile manages to show how closely allied terror and love can sometimes be. Few Americans have witnessed the terrible and beautiful lives of Africans as closely as this narrator has, and as a result this book is hard to put down and impossible to forget."
–Charles Baxter, author of The Feast of Love

"Sarah Stone has written a novel of civil and domestic war, of tribal and familial violence–all the more passionate because intermingled: love and death flailing at each other like the pair at the erotically charged center of The True Sources of the Nile. Whether she writes of San Francisco or Burundi, checkups or checkpoints, nightmares or dreams, she does so with authority and in prose honed machete-edged sharp: a vivid, heart-stopping tale."
–Nicholas Delbanco, author of What Remains and Old Scores

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