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When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa by Peter Godwin
After his father's heart attack in 1984, Peter Godwin began a series of pilgrimages back to Zimbabwe, the land of his birth, from Manhattan, where he now lives. On these frequent visits to check on his elderly parents, he bore witness to Zimbabwe's dramatic spiral downwards into the jaws of violent chaos, presided over by an increasingly enraged dictator. And yet long after their comfortable lifestyle had been shattered and millions were fleeing, his parents refuse to leave, steadfast in their allegiance to the failed state that has been their adopted home for 50 years.
Then Godwin discovered a shocking family secret that helped explain their loyalty. Africa was his father's sanctuary from another identity, another world.
When a Crocodile Eats the Sun is a stirring memoir of the disintegration of a family set against the collapse of a country. But it is also a vivid portrait of the profound strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of love.
Daytime Book Club 2021 Book List
January - When We Believed Mermaids by Barbara O'Neal
February - Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
March - Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
April - Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton
May - The Princess Spy by Larry Loftiss
June - Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker
July - The House on Vesper Sands by Paraic O'Donnell
August - Gilead by Marianne Robinson
September - Midnight Library by Matt Haig
October - When a Crocodile Eats the Sun by Peter Godwin
November - One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
December - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald