Under the Neem Tree

Susan Lowerre, Author Permanent Press (NY) $28 (256p) ISBN 978-1-877946-03-5
A Peace Corps worker sent to the Sakel to establish a fish-farming project, the author lived with a family in a tiny Sengalese village near the Mauretania border. We share her initial feelings of dislocation as she contends not only with a primitive lifestyle, lack of creature comforts, and the overt sexism of the Moslem men she supervises, but also with her burgeoning relationships with the women in the little compound who become as much her family as her relatives in America. In a guileless narrative filled with affection and anger, Lowerre tells of the ill health and bureaucratic failings that beset her; she acknowledges the Pulaar people's love and good humor, and offers an unprettified closeup of daily life in an African village. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/01/1991
Release date: 04/01/1991
Paperback - 262 pages - 978-0-295-97273-2
Paperback - 978-1-57962-140-7
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