Synopses & Reviews
Botswana, 1976. Isaac Muthethe thinks he is dead. Smuggled across the border from South Africa in a hearse, he awakens covered in dust, staring at blue sky and the face of White Dog. Far from dead, he is, for the first time, in a country without apartheid. A medical student in South Africa, he was forced to flee after witnessing a friend murdered by white members of the South African Defense Force.
Walking along the road into Gaborone, Botswana's capital, White Dog following close behind, a chance encounter with an old school acquaintance changes the course of Isaac's life. Amen, a member of the ANC, the South African resistance movement, invites Isaac to stay with his family. Petrified of deportation and determined to find work, he swears he will stay just for a few days. He sets out to find work and is hired by a young American woman, Alice Mendelssohn, who is living in Botswana with her husband, Lawrence.
A year later, her marriage an empty shell, Alice sets off on a work-related trip to the vast bush that she loves—alternately austere and lush, with light that blinds—leaving her home in the care of her new gardener, Isaac. It is on this trip that she meets Ian, an expert on the !Kung San and a rebellious, untamable man twenty years her senior, with whom she imagines a very different future.
Returning home, Alice finds Isaac missing and White Dog waiting loyally at the end of the drive, dehydrated and malnourished. When she goes in search of Isaac, what she finds out will change her life.
An absorbing and deeply moving story, White Dog Fell from the Sky is Eleanor Morse's rich and intimate portrait of Botswana and of three people whose intertwined lives are at once tragic and remarkable.
About the Author
Eleanor Morse is the author of Chopin's Garden and An Unexpected Forest, which won the Independent Publisher's Gold Medalist Award for Best Regional Fiction in the Northeast U.S. and was also selected as the winner of Best Published Fiction by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance at the 2008 Maine Literary Awards. A graduate of Swarthmore College, Eleanor currently works as an adjunct faculty member with Spalding University's MFA writing program in Louisville, Kentucky. She lives on Peaks Island, Maine. Cassandra Campbell has recorded nearly two hundred audio books and directed many more. She has been nominated for and won multiple Audie Awards, as well as the prestigious Odyssey Award. She has received numerous starred audio reviews in both Publishers Weekly and Library Journal as well as fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. Cassandra was also named a Best Voice by AudioFile for 2009 and 2010.