A Different Sun by Elaine Neil Orr
A Novel of Africa

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IN 1853, NEWLY MARRIED EMMA BOWMAN ARRIVES IN AFRICA AND STEPS INTO A WORLD OF UNSURPASSED BEAUTY -- AND PERIL.

A PAGE-TURNING ADVENTURE WITH LIFE AND DEATH STAKES FOR THE BODY AND THE SOUL . . .

Born into a life of privilege in rural Georgia, Emma yearns for important work.  An ardent passion burns in her soul, spurring her beyond the narrow confines of her family's slave-holding plantation.  She meets and weds Henry Bowman, a tremendously attractive former Texas Ranger twice her age, who has turned from the rifle to the cross.  Together with their dreams of serving God they take ship for West Africa.  Emma leaves every known thing behind, save a writing box Henry has made for her. In it she carries a red journal and an odd carving made by an old African owned by her father.

The couple's intimate life has hardly begun in Africa when they are beset by illness, treacherous travel, an early pregnancy, a death.  Emma opens her heart to Africa, yet at every turn her faith is challenged.  In deep night, she turns to the odd carving for comfort and in snatches of calm makes record in her diary.  She redoubles her energies, even as she begins to doubt her husband's sanity.  Yet she loves him.

When they hire Jacob, a native assistant to guide their caravan, Emma is confronted with her greatest challenge.  As Henry's health fails, she is drawn deeper into the African world.

Something is revealing itself to her.  But is it a haunting mystery from her past or a new revelation coming toward her out of this mysterious continent?

A compelling story of temptation, courage, faith, and the redemptive quality of love, both human and divine, A Different Sun will transport you to a world where tragedy and triumph lie a heartbeat away.
 

About Elaine Neil Orr

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Elaine Neil Orr is a professor of English at North Carolina State University where she teaches world literature and creative writing. She is also on the faculty of the brief-residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University in Louisville. She has previously published a memoir, Gods of Noonday: A White Girl's African Life. This is her first novel. She lives in Raleigh, NC.
 
Published April 2, 2013 by Berkley. 401 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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