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Shortlisted for The Guardian's 'Not the Booker Prize.'"Intense, impressive."The Guardian"A paean to a magical continent of silent forests, slow, dark rivers, wild green mangroves; a world populated by child ghosts, haunted whites and AK-47-toting rebels.”New Zealand Herald
With rich, compelling prose, Finn perfectly conjures a world of consequences and the characters who must survive them.Pilgrim’s husband left her for another woman, stranding her in a small Swiss town where she is involved in an accident that leaves 3 children dead. Cleared of responsibility though overcome with guilt, she alights for Africa, befriending a series of locals each with their own tragic past, each isolated in their own way.Mysteriously, the remains of an albino appear in a box, spooking everyonesign of a curse placed by a witch doctorthough its intended recipient is uncertain. Pilgrim volunteers to rid the town of the box and its contents, though wherever she goes, she can't shake the feeling that she's being followed.
Melanie Finn was born and raised in Kenya until age 11, when she moved with her family to Connecticut. In 2004, her first novel,Away From You, was published to international acclaim. The following year, she and her husband, Matt Aeberhard, moved to Tanzania to make DisneyNature’s beautiful, haunting flamingo epic,The Crimson Wing. During the filming, Melanie became the medic to the local Masai community and established The Natron Healthcare Project. She now lives on a hill in Vermont with Matt, their twin daughters, three Tanzanian mutts, and two very old horses.