BookBrowse Reviews Love in the Driest Season by Neely Tucker

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Love in the Driest Season

A Family Memoir

by Neely Tucker

Love in the Driest Season
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    Feb 2004, 256 pages
    Paperback:
    Apr 2005, 288 pages

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From the book jacket: Foreign correspondent Neely Tucker and his wife, Vita, arrived in Zimbabwe in 1997. After witnessing firsthand the devastating consequences of AIDS on the population, especially the children, the couple started volunteering at an orphanage that was desperately underfunded and short-staffed. One afternoon, a critically ill infant was brought to the orphanage. After a near-death hospital stay the ailing child was entrusted to the care of Tucker and Vita. Within weeks Chipo, the girl-child whose name means gift, would come to mean everything to them.

Still an active correspondent, Tucker crisscrossed the continent, filing stories about the uprisings in the Congo, the civil war in Sierra Leone, and the post-genocidal conflict in Rwanda. At home in Harare, Vita was nursing Chipo back to health. Soon she ...

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