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Gods of Noonday

(2003)
A White Girl's African Life
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The daughter of medical missionaries, Elaine Neil Orr was born in Nigeria in 1954, in the midst of the national movement that would lead to independence from Great Britain. But as she tells it in her captivating memoir, Orr did not grow up feeling American, but rather identified with Nigerian culture.

Orr came back to America to attend high school, feeling the loss of Nigeria keenly. It was only in her forties, in the crisis of kidney failure, that she began to recover her African life. In writing Gods of Noonday she came to understand her double-rootedness: in the Christian church and the Yoruba shrine, the piano and the talking drum. Memory took her back from Duke Medical Center in North Carolina to the shores of West Africa and her hometown of Ogbomosho in the land of the Yoruba people.

Interweaving the lush mission compounds with Nigerian culture, furloughs in the American South with boarding school in Nigeria, and eventually Orr's failing health, the narrative builds in intensity as she recognizes that only through recovering her homeland can she find the strength to survive. Taking its place with classics such as Out of Africa and more recent works like The Poisonwood Bibleand Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, Gods of Noondayis a deeply felt, courageous portrait of a woman's life.



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Hardback Editions

August 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Gods of Noonday: A White Girl's African Life
Author(s): Elaine Neil Orr
ISBN: 0-8139-2209-7 / 978-0-8139-2209-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
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Paperback Editions

August 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Gods of Noonday: A White Girl's African Life
Author(s): Elaine Neil Orr
ISBN: 0-8139-2510-X / 978-0-8139-2510-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
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June 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Gods of Noonday: A White Girl's African Life
Author(s): Elaine Neil Orr
Publisher: Joelle Delbourgo Associates
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June 2013 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Gods of Noonday: A White Girl's African Life
Author(s): Elaine Neil Orr
Publisher: Joelle Delbourgo Associates
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June 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Gods of Noonday: A White Girl's African Life
Author(s): Elaine Neil Orr
Publisher: Joelle Delbourgo Associates
Availability: Amazon CA   


June 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Gods of Noonday: A White Girl's African Life
Author(s): Elaine Neil Orr
Publisher: Joelle Delbourgo Associates
Availability: Amazon UK