Reba Freeman has loved two men in her life. Her current husband, Carl, has supported her through their 20-year marriage and given her all the material wealth a suburban wife could hope for. Reba is comfortable, if not necessarily content, in her life with Carl and their blossoming teenage daughter, Marisa, until she learns that her first love and first husband, Joseph Thomas, has been detained by the World Court of Human Rights.
Joseph, a peaceful, gifted Liberian student, had dreams of returning to his native land and educating his people for the betterment of his country. Reba respected his strength and wanted to support his cause, but didn't accompany Joseph to Liberia after graduation, due to mysterious circumstances. Now, 20 years later, she must decide if finding out what has happened to her first husband is worth the risk of losing Carl and turning her comfortable world inside out.
Alternating between present-day action and a series of flashbacks, Accident of Birth creates an intricate tapestry of suspense, drama, and romance, while also looking at the moral and cultural differences between African Americans and Africans.
"Neff deftly interweaves the past and the present in a novel that explores the cultural differences between Africans and Americans." (Booklist)
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Very appropriate title.
Unable to compare, never read the book. Selected the audiobook by cover and title. Happy for a choice in the dark. Worth the credit!!!
Not sure, I'd have to really think about that. Although I have traveled overseas and worked with foreign individuals. So, I can understand the trials and tribulations of those that are not born in the US, and that they truly survive the best way they know how, and their survival in the US, their financial stability/gain is solely sought for the aid in helping their families at home.
Why he actually left.
Yes, not cry, but truly made me visualize the characters and why they took that walk out on the tight rope [so to say] for what they believed in.
Worth the credit!!!