Cloths of Heaven

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  • 1908434015
  • 9780954930981
  • 9781908434012
  • 9781495616037
Part love story, part journey of discovery, and part comedy of manners, Sue Eckstein's captivating novel explores a disparate group of expatriates in West Africa and their complicated ties to the country, its people, and to each other. When new diplomat Daniel Maddison arrives in Bakinabe, nothing is quite as it seems or what he imagined it would be. Isabel Redmond is tiring of her husband's fascination with black women's breasts; the High Commissioner and his wife, Fenella, are both enjoying illicit affairs; an old English judge is wandering through the scrub following a tribe of Fulani herdsmen; Bob Newpin is about to make a killing in timeshares; and just what Father Seamus is up to is anyone's guess. Searching for something beyond the cocktail parties, golf, and gossip, Daniel finds himself drawn to people and places outside the experience of his High Commission colleagues—and specifically to a dusty warehouse in the heart of the city where a thin blonde woman is silently measuring out lengths of brightly colored cloth. Funny, lyrical, and ultimately redemptive, Sue Eckstein's assured debut about passion, loneliness, and being an outsider has a deliciously intricate plot, compelling characters, and razor-sharp dialog.
  • Myriad Editions; April 2009
  • ISBN: 9781495616037
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: Cloths of Heaven
  • Author: Sue Eckstein
  • Imprint: Myriad Editions
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1908434015
  • 9780954930981
  • 9781908434012
  • 9781495616037

About The Author

Sue Eckstein (1959-2013) worked for VSO for many years in London, Bhutan, and the Gambia, lectured at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and had a DPhil in creative writing from the University of Sussex. Her plays include The Tuesday Group, first performed in London in 2003, as well as Kaffir Lilies and Laura and Old School Ties all for BBC Radio 4. She is the author of Interpreters.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1908434015
  • 9780954930981
  • 9781908434012
  • 9781495616037