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Reporting Lives

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“Woven from the threads of her own life as a newswoman and a deep familiarity with Kenya, Debra Pickett’s debut novel is the literary version of a carefully crafted Kente cloth. Nothing is predictable in this shrewdly plotted book about values, choices, Africa and America. Moreover, you will dawdle as you come to the last pages because you won’t want to leave the side of Pickett’s fascinating heroine.” Margo Howard, “Dear Margo” for Creators Syndicate

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Television journalist Sara Simone has just landed a huge story, the one she’s sure will propel her from her local news job in Chicago straight to a network anchor chair. But, when her reporting takes her to the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, she finds herself unable to maintain her usual cool distance from tragedy. Her great talent, getting grieving relatives on camera, doing those wretched “how do you feel?” interviews, seems not just inadequate, but actually wrong.

So, instead of doing her job, she walks away and soon finds herself quite literally directionless. Desperate to get out the slums, she climbs on board the first bus she sees and winds up at an old safari lodge in the Rift Valley. The colonial relic feels, at first, like a haven of respite, a quiet place to figure things out and plan her next move. Can she salvage the career she abandoned in the slums? Does she even want to?

Living a life, she soon discovers, can be far more complicated than merely reporting about one.

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