Held at a Distance: My Rediscovery of Ethiopia

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This powerful book gives readers a chance to experience Ethiopia through the personal experience of a writer who is both Ethiopian and American. It takes readers beyond headlines and stereotypes to a deeper understanding of the country. This is an absorbing account of the author’s return trip to Ethiopia as an adult, having left the country in exile with her family at age 11. She profiles relatives and friends who have remained in Ethiopia, and she writes movingly about Ethiopia’s recent past and its ancient ...
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Overview

This powerful book gives readers a chance to experience Ethiopia through the personal experience of a writer who is both Ethiopian and American. It takes readers beyond headlines and stereotypes to a deeper understanding of the country. This is an absorbing account of the author’s return trip to Ethiopia as an adult, having left the country in exile with her family at age 11. She profiles relatives and friends who have remained in Ethiopia, and she writes movingly about Ethiopia’s recent past and its ancient history. She offers a clear-eyed analysis of the state of the country today, and her keen observations and personal experience will resonate with readers. This is a unique glimpse into a fascinating African country by a talented writer.
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"This is a riveting and personal look at a nation still in turmoil." — Booklist

"This engaging read provides a compelling face to the story of Ethiopia today." — Library Journal

KLIATT - KLIATT Review
Forced to flee the political turmoil of their native Ethiopia in the mid 1970s, Rebecca Haile's family settled in America with little hope of ever returning home. Held at a Distance is her account of returning 25 years later as an American tourist seeking to reconnect with the homeland she remembered. As her title implies, Haile found reconnection difficult. While warmly welcomed by relatives, her limited Amharic and her basic unfamiliarity with the country as a whole prevented anything like a total reintegration. Her book is, however, a carefully detailed summary of Ethiopian history, both ancient and modern, and an overview of the country's present political and economic situations. For herself, she established a tentative tie to Ethiopia's future and a fuller sense of self. Age Range: Ages 15 to adult. REVIEWER: Patricia Moore (Vol. 42, No. 1)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897335560
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Pages: 195
  • Sales rank: 1,309,399
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Haile lives in NYC with her husband and two small children. She is a Harvard trained lawyer, and now is a full-time writer and community activist. This is her first book.

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