“As lyrical and passionate a novel as has ever been written…” Lee Smith
“An important book, one which unflinchingly explores tensions between Christianity and African religions, slavery and freedom, madness and love.”—Wayne Caldwell, author of Cataloochee and Requiem by Fire
In 1853, newly married Emma Bowman arrives in Africa and steps into a world of unsurpassed beauty — and peril. A page turning adventures with life and death stakes for the body and the soul. . .
Born into a life of privilege in rural Georgia, Emma yearns for important work. An ardent passion burns in her soul, spurring her beyond the narrow confines of her family’s slave-holding plantation. She meets and weds Henry Bowman, a tremendously attractive former Texas Ranger twice her age, who has turned from the rifle to the cross. Together with their dreams of serving God they take ship for West Africa. Emma leaves every known thing behind, save a writing box Henry has made for her. In it she carries a red journal and an odd carving made by an old African owned by her father.
The couple’s intimate life has hardly begun when they are beset by illness, treacherous travel, an early pregnancy, a death. Emma opens her heart to Africa, yet at every turn her faith is challenged. In deep night, she turns to the odd carving for comfort and in snatches of calm makes record in her diary. She redoubles her energies, even as she begins to doubt her husband’s sanity. Yet she loves him.
When they hire Jacob, a native assistant to guide their caravan, Emma is confronted with her greatest challenge. Henry’s health begins to fail, and she is drawn deeper into the African world.
Something is revealing itself to her. But is it a haunting mystery from her past or a new revelation coming toward her out of this mysterious continent?
A Different Sun is a novel about the power of African culture to sustain itself even under slavery and to change anyone who comes in contact with it.
Elaine Neil Orr takes us inside a slave owner’s daughter’s experiences in Africa, drawing from her own childhood experience growing up in Nigeria as well as a detailed diary from the time.
We were pleased to have given away 5 copies of A Different Sun through one of our #WWWBgiveaways! Thank you Elaine Neil Orr!!
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