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Daughter of Kura: A Novel

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

    Facinating story

    Despite my misgivings, I found DAUGHTER OF KURA a very endearing book. From the first chapter, I felt drawn into the rugged, wild setting of Africa 500,000 years ago. Snap herself didn't engage me as much as her story and how it flowed together; the details about a proposed landscape and lifestyle that seemed so real. The fixation I had on the entire story was that they used signing as their main language, only using sounds to express emotions. I read the author's note and thought the idea that the characters in the story use sign language while perhaps supported by scientific fact, was the best way to help the reader into the setting.

    The matriarchal society fascinated me, the use of sign language opened knew doorways in communication styles, and Snap and her company of characters pulled me willingly along with them in Snap's laborious and demanding journey to find her destiny

    I can't wait for the sequal!

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    A window into and unknown world

    With Daughter of Kura, Debra Austin does what science cannot. She shows the lives of our ancestors, native people with limited knowledge outside of the land. She spins an enchanting tale of a young woman fighting against new and strange beliefs that tear her world apart. The book is set in southeastern Africa about half a million years ago. The characters are not human in the way that we think of today, but Austin does a nice job of giving modern human qualities to our distant relatives. They keep their lives simple, not worrying about next year, but working on getting through the season without incident. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has interest in the early life of humans. With their class systems and food chains, the native people had life figured out. Austin lets us see past the stunted, hunched figures and into a whole new era. Daughter of Kura gives a whole new look and feel to our primate ancestors. -AJW

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