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A Different Sun

(2013)
A Novel of Africa
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A "lush, evocative, breathtaking"* debut novel from Elaine Neil Orr, "reminiscent of Barbara Kingsolver's magnum opus, The Poisonwood Bible, with elements of Joseph Conrad and Louise Erdrich."*

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

When Emma Davis reads the words of Isaiah 6:8 in her room at a Georgia women's college, she understands her true calling: to become a missionary. It is a leap of faith that sweeps her away to Africa in an odyssey of personal discovery, tremendous hardship, and profound transformation.

For the earnest, headstrong daughter of a prosperous slave owner, living among the Yoruba people is utterly unlike Emma's sheltered childhood - as is her new husband, Henry Bowman. Twenty years her senior, the mercurial Henry is the object of Emma's mad first love, intensifying the sensations of all they see and share together. Each day brings new tragedy and heartbreak, and each day, Emma somehow finds the hope, passion, and strength of will to press onward. Through it all, Henry's first gift to Emma, a simple writing box - with its red leather-bound diary and space for a few cherished keepsakes - becomes her closest confidant, Emma's last connection to a life that seems, in this strange new world, like a passing memory.

A tale of social and spiritual awakening; a dispatch from a difficult era at home and abroad; and a meditation on faith, freedom, and desire, A Different Sun is a captivating fiction debut.

*Library Journal (starred review)

Genre: Inspirational

Praise for this book

"As lyrical and passionate a novel as has ever been written." - Lee Smith


Used availability for Elaine Neil Orr's A Different Sun

Paperback Editions

October 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Different Sun (Kennebec Large Print Superior Collection)
Author(s): Elaine Neil Orr
ISBN: 1-4104-6280-3 / 978-1-4104-6280-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kennebec Large Print
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April 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa
Author(s): Elaine Neil Orr
ISBN: 0-425-26130-1 / 978-0-425-26130-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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Kindle Editions

April 2013 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa
Author(s): Elaine Neil Orr
Publisher: Berkley
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU