Honey from the Lion: An African Journey

Honey from the Lion: An African Journey

by Wendy Laura Belcher

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The first edition of this book, published in 1988, appears only in hardcover. The revised edition of this book, published in 2015, with a new preface and epilogue, appears only as an ebook.

This book was a Winner of Washington State Governor's Writers Award and a finalist in the Martha Albrand/PEN Society Award for first book of nonfiction (judged by Annie Dillard and Allen Ginsburg). It was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review; Library Journal; Booklist Review; Publishers Weekly; Kirkus Reviews, The Seattle Times; Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and so on. It was translated into French by l'Ecole des Loisirs as Le Miel du Lion.

Jacket flap on 1988 edition:

The publication of this account of a young woman's return journey to her childhood home of Ghana, West Africa, in 1982-1983, marks the debut of a writer whose passionate interest in the issues that divide the first and third worlds is reflected in her unusual ability to explore the nuances of cultural difference. With Mary, a lifelong missionary, as her travelling companion, she becomes immersed in the life of a small Ghanaian village. Through her eyes, we begin to understand how crises of sexuality and sanity, love and violence, tradition and change, are suffered and ultimately transcended by this African people. This is the story of a young woman's search for her own identity, but also of an even greater crisis of understanding: the struggle of Africans with the Western culture that, increasingly, defines and dominates their own.

"Honey from the Lion is an important book--authentic and finely observed. We need to know as much about Africa as we can, beyond the clipped spectaculars of news reports. Belcher has a real stake in Africa; it goes as deep as identity. She shows, in the beauty and sadness, in all the contradictions that accumulate around the plight of the whole continent, reflections of our own trouble, and the awakening of consciousness." Maria Thomas, author of Antonia Saw the Oryx First

"A revealing, often poignant view of self and foreign 'other'; a modern woman and an ancient culture in transition, hovering between what was and what might be--under God and the searing West African sun." Herbert M. Cole

Print ISBN: 0-525-24596-0

E-book ISBN: 978-0-692-52049-9

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157744465
Publisher: Wendy Laura Belcher
Publication date: 09/17/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 188
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Wendy Laura Belcher spent much of her childhood in Ghana and Ethiopia, and later attended Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, where she won several literary awards for an early draft of Honey from the Lion. When this book was first published, she lived in Washington, DC, where she works as a free-lance writer and editor. She is now a professor of African literature at Princeton University.

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