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Author: Rosamond Halsey Carr Narrator: C. M. Hébert Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538462935
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When Rosamond Halsey Carr first arrived in Africa, she didn’t realize that she would spend the rest of her life there. As a young fashion illustrator living in New York City in the 1940s, she seemed the least likely candidate for such a life of adventure. But marriage to a hunter-explorer took her to what was then the Belgian Congo, and divorce left her determined to stay on in neighboring Rwanda as the manager of a flower plantation. In the ensuing half century she witnessed the fall of colonialism, the wars for independence, the loss of her friend, Dian Fossey, the relentless clashes of the Hutus and Tutsis, and finally, 1994’s horrific genocide, of which she provides an unparalleled first-hand account. This is the epic story of a woman alone in an exotic land, struggling to survive untold hardships only to emerge with an extraordinary love for her adopted country and its people.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Riveting.”

    New York Post

  • “A soulful journey through time.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Though she delves into the ethnic and political history behind Rwanda’s 1990s Hutu-Tutsi massacres, much of her story centers on a relatively tranquil, if arduous, plantation life…Carr has left her own mark of beauty on that tragic land.”

    USA Today

  • “With clarity and warmth, Carr unfolds the history of a nation and its people…This book is a testament to the courage, perseverance, and resilience of the land to which she has given her heart.”

    San Francisco Examiner

  • “Breathtaking…Swinging from celestial bliss to rampant violence, readers, along with visitors and settlers, will continue to be captivated.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “A memoir that is as engaging and captivating as Rwanda’s haunted volcanic landscape…Carr had enough adventures for several lifetimes.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Hébert’s natural and empathetic delivery create the impression that the author herself is speaking. This sense of impromptu speech is enhanced by Hébert’s unerring emphasis on just the right word or phrase.”


  • “This is an excellent book…Those who enjoy travel, history, biography, women’s studies, or just a fascinating read will want it.”

    Library Journal

  • “Written with grace and self-assurance…A quiet and elegant beauty of a memoir, with a dignity that is at once antique and enviable.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Hébert reads with a deep, somewhat throaty voice and has a strong sense of drama. She pronounces African words and names with authority.”


  • “A remarkable woman and a powerful story…This book offers the closest, and probably most personal perspective many of us are ever likely to get on the imperiled ‘land of a thousand hills.’”


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About the Author

Rosamond Halsey Carr (1912–2006), American humanitarian and author, was the last of the foreign plantation owners in Rwanda, where she also ran a children’s orphanage. She was born in South Orange, New Jersey. In 1942, she married British explorer and filmmaker Kenneth Carr. The Carrs settled in the Belgian Congo in 1949, and after their divorce she settled in Mugongo, Rwanda, to run a plantation growing flowers. In 1994, she was evacuated from Mugongo by Belgian marines during the Rwandan genocide, returning when her security was no longer at risk. She founded the Imbabazi Orphanage later in 1994. She has been featured on CNN, the BBC, and Today. She died in 2006 in Gisenyi, Rwanda, and was buried at Mugongo, her flower farm in the shadow of the Virunga volcanos. The new orphanage building, where her legacy continues, is next to the farm.

About the Narrator

C. M. Hébert is an Earphones Award winner and Audie Award nominee. She is the recording studio director for the Talking Books Program at the Library of Congress’ National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband, daughter, cat, and assorted fish.