Twenty years ago, Ray
Campbell, now a cautious risk management consultant, was a well-intentioned aid
worker dedicated to improving conditions in Lubanda, a newly independent
African country. He is forced to reconsider that year of living dangerously
when a friend from his time in Lubanda is found murdered in a New York alley.
Signs suggest that this most recent tragedy is rooted in the far more distant
one of Martine Aubert, the only woman Ray ever truly loved and whose fate he’d
sealed in a moment of grievous error: In
Lubanda, twenty years before, I’d rolled the dice for a woman who was not even
present at the table, and on the outcome of that toss, a braver and more
knowing heart than mine had been forfeited.
Martine Aubert was a white,
native Lubandan farmer whose dream for her homeland starkly conflicted with
those charged with its so-called development. But Ray’s failure to understand
Martine’s commitment to her country had placed a noose around her neck, one
tightened by a circle of vicious men, cruel taunts, and whistling machetes.
is Ray’s return to the passion he’d once felt for Martine that makes A Dancer in the Dust the
enthralling and moving story of two loves: Ray’s love for Martine Aubert and
Martine’s love for a homeland that did not love her back. Download and start listening now!