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The camel bookmobile
Masha Hamilton
Adult Fiction HAMILTO

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Hamilton's captivating third novel (after 2004's The Distance Between Us) follows Fiona Sweeney, a 36-year-old librarian, from New York to Garissa, Kenya, on her sincere but naive quest to make a difference in the world. Fi enlists to run the titular mobile library overseen by Mr. Abasi, and in her travels through the bush, the small village of Mididima becomes her favorite stop. There, Matani, the village teacher; Kanika, an independent, vivacious young woman; and Kanika's grandmother Neema are the most avid proponents of the library and the knowledge it brings to the community. Not everyone shares such esteem for the project, however. Taban, known as Scar Boy; Jwahir, Matani's wife; and most of the town elders think these books threaten the tradition and security of Mididima. When two books go missing, tensions arise between those who welcome all that the books represent and those who prefer the time-honored oral traditions of the tribe. Kanika, Taban and Matani become more vibrant than Fi, who never outgrows the cookie-cutter mold of a woman needing excitement and fulfillment, but Hamilton weaves memorable characters and elemental emotions in artful prose with the lofty theme of Western-imposed "education" versus a village's perceived perils of exposure to the developed world. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

When Fiona Sweeney decides she'll do her bit for humanity by bringing books to remotest Kenya (via the real-life Camel Bookmobile), she doesn't know that her efforts will cause one tribe to start feuding. From the author of The Distance Between Us, an LJ Best Book. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Fiona Sweeney
Female
Age: 36
Naive
Wants to make a difference in the world; runs a mobile library.

Matani
Male
African
Teacher

Kanika
Female
African
Vivacious; loves the mobile library and the knowledge it brings.

Jwahir
Female
African
Matani's wife; against the mobile library; feels the books go against their tradition and oral history.



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