Will I ever see my home again? I do not know. Will I ever see my father again? I do not know. Will life ever be the same again? I do not know. Katie and Tariro are worlds apart but their lives are linked by a terrible secret, gradually revealed in this compelling and dramatic story of two girls grappling with the complexities of adolescence, family and a painful colonial legacy. 14-year-old Tariro loves her ancestral home, the baobab tree she was born beneath, her loving family - and brave, handsome Nhamo.
She couldn't be happier. But then the white settlers arrive, and everything changes - suddenly, violently, and tragically. Thirty-five years later, 14-year-old Katie loves her doting father, her exclusive boarding school, and her farm with its baobab tree in rural Zimbabwe.
Life is great. Until disaster strikes, and the family are forced to leave everything and escape to cold, rainy London. Atmospheric, gripping and epic in scope, Far from Home brings the turbulent history of Zimbabwe to vivid, tangible life.
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- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/08/2011
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9781847800060
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Review by boppisces
Katie and Tariro's worlds are linked by a terrible secret. 14-year-old Tariro loves her ancestral home in Zimbabwe, especially the baobab tree she was born beneath, and the boy she wants to marry; Nhamo. Tragedy strikes when the white settlers arrive, and her world is violently turned upside down. Thirty-five years later, 14-year-old Katie is the daughter of a white settler living on a farm with its baobab tree. Her life is fantastic, until the family are forced to flee to cold, rainy London.The turbulent history of Zimbabwe is brought to life in this unforgettable and sensatively told story. It gave an insight into the history as news reports cannot. Highly recommended.
Review by Salsabrarian
Reading this, in particular Tariro's story, put me in mind of "Shabanu," similarly giving a strong sense of place and time and the importance of the relationship of Tariro's people to the land. Katie's story was disturbing in that the white Zimbabweans' beliefs about blacks is so at odds with what I know and my own beliefs. This also reveals a history and culture many young people are not familiar with and does so in a compelling way.