By Norman Rush
During this incredible choice of tales, Rush produces indelible pix of Euro-American ex-patriates at unfastened results in the black African republic of Botswana. The author's characters are unforgettable, whereas their predicaments are humorous, improbably logical, and nearly affecting as Africa itself. strong and original.--New York occasions.
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