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In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Janina Edwards Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781538484005

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Longest Chapter Length:

35:14 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

03:23 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

17:38 minutes

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Publisher Description

In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills combines the force of literature with the allure of women’s fiction in a family saga that spans from Atlanta during the Civil Rights Movement to postgenocide Rwanda. At the heart of this novel that crosses racial and cultural boundaries is the search for family on a personal and global level.

In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills follows the intertwining stories of three women from vastly diverse cultures searching for personal peace in post-genocide Rwanda. Lillian Carlson, an African-American civil-rights activist now in her early fifties, traveled to Africa from Atlanta in 1970 to grieve the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. She dreamed of bettering the world, one child at a time, with an orphanage in Rwanda’s rift valley.

Two decades later, in New York City, Rachel Shepherd, a white bartender in her mid-thirties, lost and looking for her purpose in life, embarks on a journey to find the father who abandoned her as a child during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.When Rachel travels to Rwanda, searching for her father, she finds Lillian and a young Rwandan woman with secrets that bind her to her father. Together, they all discover something unexpected: grace when there can be no forgiveness.

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“Janina Edwards capably narrates this eloquent audiobook about broken family ties, American civil rights in the 1960s, and twenty-first-century grace after the Rwandan genocide…Edwards reveals Rachel’s desperation and Lillian’s heartbroken reluctance to deal with her. Edwards is especially skilled at delivering the descriptions of of Rwanda’s stark beauty and the horrors of tribal warfare. Her depictions of two Rwandans—a young doctor and a Tutsi woman who survived torture—capture the careful shells both have constructed to protect their hearts.”

— AudioFile 


  • “Both an evocative page-turner and an eye-opening meditation on the ways we survive profoundly painful memories and negotiate the complexities of love.”

    — Wally Lamb, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “An intricate and moving tale of family and culture, of conflict and love, and of the challenges of healing after unthinkable loss…Told with remarkable compassion and grace.”

    — Therese Anne Fowler, New York Times bestselling author
  • “This blazingly original novel is about the illusions of love, the way memory can confound or release you, and the knotted threads that make up family—and forgiveness. Profound, powerful, and oh, so, so moving.”

    — Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author
  • “More than a page-turning narrative; it’s an embrace of the Kinyarwanda greeting amahoro—‘peace.’"

    — O, The Oprah Magazine
  • “One of the best debut novels coming in 2018.”

    — Bustle
  • “Each heartrending detail is revealed with perfect timing, the expert pacing of the story escalating at every turn.”

    — Forward Reviews
  • “The Rwanda described in the text is beautiful…and, like the main narrative, it is alive with people working to come together and heal…Haupt’s story is one of humanity and hope.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “Journalist Haupt spent time in Rwanda researching the nature of grief and forgiveness. In this intensely beautiful debut, she shows that it’s indeed the women who hold up half the sky.”

    — Library Journal
  • “As Haupt examines events through different perspectives, the focus is on healing rather than revenge and anger. This debut novel is a good choice for those seeking tales of hope after adversity.”

    — Booklist


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About Jennifer Haupt

Jennifer Haupt is fascinated by the ways in which people define, discover, and pursue something more. She has written about all aspects of passion—from travel and food, to putting more heart in your home, to relationships, to spirituality, to making a difference in the world. She has worked as a magazine writer, blogger, author, teacher, and marketing and publicity consultant.

About Janina Edwards

Janina Edwards, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a native of Chicago and a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts acting program. Her 2016 performance of Voice of Freedom was a finalist for the Audie Award.