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A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa by Elaine Neil Orr

November 1, 2013

A Different Sun by Elaine Neil Orr

I’ve just ordered A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa by Elaine Neil Orr through Barnes and Noble online. I can’t wait for the book to arrive!

Elaine and I met a few years ago at Wellspring House writers retreat. While I was just staying a week that summer, she had settled in for a five-week stay. Elaine’s a lovely person, gifted with a mellow disposition, good listening skills, and a sweet sense of humor. She’s a Professor of English at North Carolina State University.

At the time I overlapped with her at Wellspring House, Elaine had one published book, a memoir, Gods of Noonday. I came home with a copy and enjoyed getting to know Elaine further by reading about her childhood (nearly all of which was spent in Nigeria, she being the child of medical missionaries) and how that connection to Africa helped heal her during a serious illness mid-life.

I love the jacket design of A Different Sun as it captures well the color and heat I felt while reading Gods of Noonday. A Different Sun is a work of fiction, but I imagine it will be just as satisfying.

Elaine and I remain in contact and she’s told me recently that she’s available to meet (in person or via Skype) with book clubs or any other venue on topics ranging from her two books, to addressing writers about how she went from successfully publishing a memoir to publishing a novel, how she work on two projects at once and what she thinks is important about women writing.

I’ll be posting about A Different Sun as I read it. In the meantime, please visit Elaine’s gorgeous site and enjoy reading about her and her work.

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