Crossing Paths (published Sept 19, 2019)
Two girls are born in the new country of Tanzania, but into very different circumstances. Joy is a village girl, painfully aware of her limited education, a domestic worker often desperate for work to support her family. Neema comes from a powerful family, well-known for their work towards Independence. She becomes a doctor with an important position in the Ministry of Health. But each must struggle for self-respect and as they do, their lives intersect, changing them both.
The author lived and worked in Tanzania for over a decade. This fiction book celebrates the people of the country, their joys and sorrows. The story weaves details of challenges faced by women today around the problems and the triumphs in a young nation. What are the consequences of greed among the elite? How do corruption and inefficiencies in the health system affect ordinary people? Crossing Paths will stimulate readers to consider integrity and the origins of self respect in an unfamiliar culture — and it will remind us all that, across cultures, we are still more alike than different.