Book: The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo
Author: Peter Orner
Book takes place in the country: YES
Author is from the country: NO
I have visited: NO
This is my 110th read for the year
Here is what Amazon has to say about this book (hey - it is the end of the year - I needed a break from summarizing)
Though physically isolated in semi-desert beneath a relentless sun, the people of Goas create an alternate, more fertile universe through the stories they tell each other. The book's central character is Mavala , a combat veteran who fought in Namibia's long war for independence against South Africa.
She has recently returned to the school - with a child, but no husband. Mavala is modern, restless, and driven, in sharp contrast to conservative Goas. All the male teachers try not to fall in love with her. Everyone fails - immediately and miserably.
The book is well written, but there wasn't much of a story. Some of the chapters were only a few paragraphs. It jumped a bit and then would come back to Mavala. Then jump some more. Choppy reads like this are hard to hold my attention. I was engrossed in the longer chapters - trying to get deeper into the story. But then a small, choppy chapter would follow and I would lose my flow. It was a good one for this past week because we were so busy getting ready for the holiday, so it worked well enough.