A New York Times Notable Book for 1999
Best Fiction of 1999, the Los Angeles Times Book Review
Starred review, Publishers Weekly
Finalist for 1998 Dublin IMPAC Literary Award
|Publisher:||Northwestern University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Kathleen Hill's fiction and essays have been published in Best American Short Stories 2000, Pushcart Prize XXV, Kenyon Review, and Prairie Schooner. The original publication of Still Waters in Niger (Northwestern,1999) was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was among the Notable Books of the Year in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. A French translation of Still Waters in Niger entitled Eaux Tranquilles was published by Editions Phébus in 2000 and was shortlisted for the Prix Femina Etranger. Hill currently teaches in the Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City.
Read an Excerpt
When I read this novel, I realized I'd been hoping to find it for decades. Here were qualities of beauty, seriousness, distinction, tenderness, and moral sense, conveyed in a prose as austere and lavish as the desert landscape it evokes. Kathleen Hill's theme is hunger for an authentic relationship with her daughter, the hunger and fortitude of a people faced with drought and crop failure, and finally, spiritual hunger for reconciliation of the human and the divine. This is the most exciting debut since Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping.
Table of Contents
|Moon in First Quarter||63|
|Moon in Third Quarter||152|
|First Call to Prayer: Fajr||176|
|Second Call to Prayer: Zubr||186|
|Third Call to Prayer: Asr||193|
What People are Saying About This
Here is a novel of fine social and cross-cultural observation, and too, of moral inwardnessa wonderfully knowing storyteller with a strong spiritual bent tells us so very much about idealism and its vicissitudes, parenthood and its possibilities.
Subtle, elegant, and beautifully written, this apparently quiet novel is in fact surprisingly subversive. It captures, as few other books do, the deepest bonds of mothers and daughters and the unswerving persistence of memory.
A beautiful book, with great lyric power and emotional resonance. We desperately need to know more about the experience of motherhood, and in combining her passion for her daughter with her passion to experience and to know the world, Kathleen Hill makes a great contribution to our store of information about how women live. Her evocations of Africa, of the lives of women in Africa, give range and depth to her story, and carry it from the home into the world. I am full of admiration for this small miracle.