Review: “Nine Hills to Nabonkaha” by Sarah Erdman

8340728[From the publisher] The village of Nambonkaha in the Ivory Coast is a place where electricity hasn’t yet arrived, where sorcerers still conjure magic, where the tok-tok sound of women pounding corn fills the morning air like a drumbeat. As Sarah Erdman enters the social fold of the village as a Peace Corps volunteer, she finds that Nambonkaha is also a place where AIDS threatens and poverty is constant, where women suffer the indignities of patriarchal customs, and where children work like adults while still managing to dream. Lyrical and topical, Erdman’s beautiful debut captures the astonishing spirit of an unforgettable community. 

I picked this book up because I’m desperate to gather as much information as I can about what my experience with Peace Corps in Ethiopia may be like. And I’m really happy that I did. The book is full of beautiful details about the lives of the people living in a small village in the Ivory Coast. It brings to life a community that we in the West can’t possibly imagine.

TL;DR: A terrific read for anyone interested in Peace Corps or life in West Africa.

4 stars

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