This novel has been compared to Abraham Verghese's Cutting for Stone and the location -- Botswana -- reminds us of the fabulous No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. This is a story of a man forced to flee South Africa in 1976 after he witnesses a murder by a South African authority. He was a medical student, but takes a job as a gardener in Botswana. When he goes missing, the woman he works for sets out to find him.
My introduction to Abraham Verghese's impressive talent as a writer. In this moving memoir, he tells his story of moving to texas and then meeting David Smith (former pro tennis player and then a medical student at the hospital where Verghese works) and the friendship that they bond over tennis and in life. David Smith is a recovering addict and the story spirals as life impacts them both. I highly reccomend this book; I liked it better than the quite good Cutting for Stone. ~ GM
#Silver's Reviews: Cutting for Stone Cutting for Stone is a remarkable book with unforgettable characters. Don't give up because of the lengthy, detailed explanations and slow-moving beginning. As you become attached to the characters, the story unfolds and becomes one you will be glad you didn't put aside. The book is incredible.