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Casting with a Fragile Thread

A Story Of Sisters And Africa

By Wendy Kann

In this poignant, lyric memoir, a sister's tragic death prompts a woman's unbidden journey into her turbulent African past

A comfortable suburban housewife with three children living in Connecticut, Wendy Kann thought she had put her volatile childhood in colonial Rhodesia--now Zimbabwe--behind her. Then one Sunday morning came a terrible phone call: her youngest sister, Lauren, had been killed on a lonely road in Zambia. Suddenly unable to ignore her longing for her homeland, she decides she must confront the ghosts of her past.

Wendy Kann's is a personal journey, set against a backdrop as exotic as it is desolate. From a privileged colonial childhood of mansions and servants, her story moves to a young adulthood marked by her father's death, her mother's insanity, and the viciousness of a bloody civil war. Through unlikely love she finds herself in the incongruous sophistication of Manhattan; three children bring the security of suburban America, until the heartbreaking vulnerability of the small child her sister left behind in Africa compels her to return to a continent she hardly recognizes.

With honesty and compassion, Kann pieces together her sister's life, explores the heartbreak of loss and belonging, and finally discovers the true meaning of home.




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Format: Book
Author: Kann, Wendy
Title: Casting with a fragile thread : a story of sisters and Africa / Wendy Kann.
Publisher Date: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2006.
Subject: Kann, Wendy Zimbabweans -- Connecticut -- Biography. Sisters -- Zimbabwe -- Biography. Whites -- Zimbabwe -- Biography. Zimbabwe -- Biography. Connecticut -- Biography
Isbn: 0805079564 9780805079562
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Call Number: B Kann
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Format: Book
Author: Kann, Wendy
Title: Casting with a fragile thread : a story of sisters and Africa / Wendy Kann.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2006.
Description: 284 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Kann, Wendy
Subjects: Zimbabweans -- Connecticut -- Biography.
Subjects: Sisters -- Zimbabwe -- Biography.
Subjects: Whites -- Zimbabwe -- Biography.
Subjects: Zimbabwe -- Biography.
Subjects: Connecticut -- Biography
LCCN: 2005055122
ISBN: 0805079564
ISBN: 9780805079562
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Call Number: B Kann