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So Many Africas
Six Years in a Zambian Village
Jill Kandel

Autumn House
2015 • 184 pp. 6 x 9"

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-938769-02-3
$9.99 Ebook, 978-1-938769-07-8

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So Many Africas is powerful when it engages Africa directly. It is also a meditation on marriage and life, what two people know and don't know when they begin a journey together.”—Trisha Collopy, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Kandel's memoir is a powerful picture of a young American woman's struggle to reconcile her new marriage with the realities of living in East Africa.

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“Jill Kandel’s memoir encircles her life as her scarred wedding ring encircles her finger (along with her belated engagement ring, whose five small diamonds represent the five full years—nearly six—that Kandel lived in Zambia’s Kalabo District, on the edge of the Kalahari Desert). So Many Africas is as painstakingly faceted as a diamond, as dazzling, and as hard.’ ”—Angele Ellis, Weave Magazine

“Jill Kandel’s So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village is a captivating, unpredictable, and compellingly-honest tale of a young wife and mother’s isolation and endurance in a remote corner of Zambia. Kandel writes clear, textured prose brimming with the sights, sounds, smells, and rich flavors of her secluded rural African home. Her story is an inspiration to anyone who imagines not just surviving, but thriving, in any harsh, distant corner of our remarkable planet.”—Dinty M. Moore

JILL KANDEL grew up in North Dakota, riding her Appaloosa bareback across the prairie. She has lived and worked in Zambia, Indonesia, England, and in the Netherlands. She now lives with her husband and children in Minnesota where she teaches creative writing and essay. Every Friday she goes to a county jail where she teaches journal writing to female inmates. Kandel's work has been anthologized in Best Spiritual Writing 2012 and in Becoming: What Makes a Woman. Her essays have been published in The Missouri Review, Gettysburg Review, River Teeth, Pinch, Image, and Brevity.

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