Africa

AEC Publishing LLC
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Amber Stevens is a journalist for a prestigious magazine in New York City. She is passionate about her work, and she is one of those lucky people who have the job and the life they have always wanted.

A sudden phone call gives an unexpected and heart-breaking turn to Amber’s life: a car crash wipes away her world as she knows it, wrecking the very meaning of her life. For endless days and nights, Amber lets herself fade away in a pit of desperation: how to overcome the deepest grief? How to find a sense in living?

Pushed by the affection and determination of her best friend, Rachel, Amber will decide to look for a way back to life. She will embark on a solitary and unexpected journey through the eternal landscapes of Africa, where she will walk through places, cultures, peoples, and heartwarming encounters with the wild animals of the Savannah.

AFRICA is an intimate quest to explore the truth about people: the ancient beauty of the environment and the concrete struggles of its inhabitants will force Amber to look deeper inside her soul and rediscover her priorities. She will be constantly pushed and pulled between astonishing shows of nature and stabbing emotions, in a revealing travel across Southern Africa.


Reviewers of AFRICA say it is a "fascinating" "astonishing" story of a life-changing journey to the end of the world, "powerful and dramatic, and well integrated into this incredible "decorum"".

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About the author

Annalisa Conti lives and writes in New York City, where she has been spending the last few years of her life. She is a woman who writes about women, real human beings facing drama and challenges, finding happiness and rewards, succeeding and failing. Normal people.If you like Jane Austen for her honest humor, Gillian Flynn for her descent into human darkness, and Elena Ferrante for her focus on storytelling, you will find Annalisa’s tales wildly entertaining.

She recently published her third novel, NINE. It is a modern tale on motherhood, a unique story about pregnancy, its hidden fears, and its untold truths.

Her second novel, AFRICA, was an Amazon Kindle #1 in its category. Reviewers say it is a “fascinating” “astonishing” story of a life-changing journey to the end of the world, “powerful and dramatic, and well integrated into this incredible “decorum””.

Annalisa is also the author of ALL THE PEOPLE, a novel built around a woman’s secrets. Reviewers say “you cannot put it down”, it is “capturing reader’s attention since the very first lines”, and it has a “very deep and accurate psychological perspective”.

She publishes quarterly episodes in the collection of short stories THE W SERIES, which describe the world of W, a superhero like no other. Reviewers say it is "a classic action story but somehow very different from anything else", with a "writing style packed of action and visual clues as if it was taken right out of a Marvel comic strip".
The first ten episodes of THE W SERIES have been collected in W IS FOR WONDER.

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Publisher
AEC Publishing LLC
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Published on
Jun 29, 2015
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Pages
198
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ISBN
9780996517430
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Travel / Africa / South
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From the author of AFRICA and THE W SERIES, a gripping novel that follows Amber Gillingham, an accomplished journalist, as she wrestles with society’s expectations about women and motherhood.

Everything is perfectly organized in Amber’s life: her days at work, in the offices of a prestigious magazine in New York; her time with her beloved husband Mike, and their adventurous vacations around the world.

When Amber finds out she is pregnant, her immediate reaction is sheer denial: this can’t be true. She always knew she would want children one day, but now it feels so sudden, so unexpected. She tries to play for time, but Mike’s reaction to the news, with pure delight and anticipation, is the exact opposite. Wasn’t he happy before? Was it all a lie?

The news of the pregnancy propagates like circular water waves, from close family to friends, to colleagues, to acquaintances. At each circle, Amber further detaches from the new role society is imposing on her, and she refuses to comply with the expectation of full submission to the child. At each circle, new voices join the choir of enthusiast celebrations, obstructing Amber’s restless attempts to keep control on her life, to remain who she is without losing herself, her husband, or her job.

NINE explores the role of women in today’s society, the meaning of modern motherhood and how it impacts the relationship between a woman and her companion, her workplace, her friends, her family.


Reviewers of NINE say it is a “remarkably candid” and “eye-opening take on the demons and fears of pregnancy”, a powerful answer to “what we think it means to be a woman today”.

Perfect for book clubs! Visit annalisaconti.com for discussion guides and more.

 

Foreign correspondent Neely Tucker and his wife, Vita, arrived in Zimbabwe in 1997. After witnessing firsthand the devastating consequences of AIDS on the population, especially the children, the couple started volunteering at an orphanage that was desperately underfunded and short-staffed. One afternoon, a critically ill infant was brought to the orphanage from a village outside the city. She’d been left to die in a field on the day she was born, abandoned in the tall brown grass that covers the highlands of Zimbabwe in the dry season. After a near-death hospital stay, and under strict doctor’s orders, the ailing child was entrusted to the care of Tucker and Vita. Within weeks Chipo, the girl-child whose name means gift, would come to mean everything to them.

Still an active correspondent, Tucker crisscrossed the continent, filing stories about the uprisings in the Congo, the civil war in Sierra Leone, and the postgenocidal conflict in Rwanda. He witnessed heartbreaking scenes of devastation and violence, steeling him further to take a personal role in helping anywhere he could. At home in Harare, Vita was nursing Chipo back to health. Soon she and Tucker decided to alter their lives forever—they would adopt Chipo. That decision challenged an unspoken social norm—that foreigners should never adopt Zimbabwean children.

Raised in rural Mississippi in the sixties and seventies, Tucker was familiar with the mores associated with and dictated by race. His wife, a savvy black woman whose father escaped the Jim Crow South for a new life in the industrial North, would not be deterred in her resolve to welcome Chipo into their loving family.

As if their situation wasn’t tenuous enough, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was stirring up national fervor against foreigners, especially journalists, abroad and at home. At its peak, his antagonizing branded all foreign journalists personae non grata. For Tucker, the only full-time American correspondent in Zimbabwe, the declaration was a direct threat to his life and his wife’s safety, and an ultimatum to their decision to adopt the child who had already become their only daughter.

Against a background of war, terrorism, disease, and unbearable uncertainty about the future, Chipo’s story emerges as an inspiring testament to the miracles that love—and dogged determination—can sometimes achieve. Gripping, heartbreaking, and triumphant, this family memoir will resonate throughout the ages.


From the Hardcover edition.
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