Gods of Noonday: A White Girl's African Life

Gods of Noonday: A White Girl's African Life

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by Elaine Neil Orr
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813922097

ISBN-13: 9780813922096

Pub. Date: 08/29/2003

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

The daughter of medical missionaries, Elaine Neil Orr was born in Nigeria in 1954, in the midst of the national movement that would lead to independence from Great Britain. But as she tells it in her new memoir, Orr did not grow up as a stranger abroad; she was a girl at home - only half American, the other half Nigerian. When she was sent alone to the United States…  See more details below

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The daughter of medical missionaries, Elaine Neil Orr was born in Nigeria in 1954, in the midst of the national movement that would lead to independence from Great Britain. But as she tells it in her new memoir, Orr did not grow up as a stranger abroad; she was a girl at home - only half American, the other half Nigerian. When she was sent alone to the United States for high school, she didn't realize how much leaving Africa would cost her.

It was only in her forties, in the crisis of kidney failure, that she began to recover her African life. In writing Gods of Noonday she came to understand her double-rootedness: in the Christian church and the Yoruba shrine, the piano and the talking drum. Memory took her back from Duke Medical Center in North Carolina to the shores of West Africa and her hometown of Ogbomosho in the land of the Yoruba people.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813922096
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
08/29/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Gods of Noonday: A White Girl's African Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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I discovered this book by chance, just browsing. The cover picture was one I had experienced myself as I too had been to the same river as a child just one year older than the author! Inside, I found names of children that I knew there and who are now in the US. There is a special bond among children who have been essentially raised elsewhere but have to return to America. Wonderful book of memories and feelings about growing up there.