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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,128 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neely Tucker Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1997 foreign correspondent Neely Tucker and his wife, Vita, arrived in Zimbabwe. After witnessing the devastating consequences of AIDS and economic disaster on the country’s children, the couple started volunteering at an orphanage where a critically ill infant, abandoned in a field on the day she was born, was trusted to their care. Within weeks, Chipo, the baby girl whose name means “gift,” would come to mean everything to them.

Their decision to adopt her, however, would challenge an unspoken social norm: that foreigners should never adopt Zimbabwean children. Against a background of war, terrorism, disease, and unbearable uncertainty about the future, Chipo’s true story emerges as an inspiring testament to the miracles that love—and dogged determination—can sometimes achieve.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a gorgeous mix of family memoir and reportage that traverses the big issues of politics, racism, and war.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A triumph of heart and will. O, the Oprah Magazine
  • An extraordinary book of immense feeling and significant social relevance. Love in the Driest Season challenges anyone—even those numbed by the world’s abundant cruelty—not to care. Washington Post
  • Unceasingly compelling and filled with soaring highs and lows, Love in the Driest Season is a remarkable memoir of love and family. Pages
  • A gorgeous mix of family memoir and reportage that traverses the big issues of politics, racism, and war. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • Utterly heartfelt and truly inspiring. Booklist (starred review)
  • Tucker’s hard-hitting memoir . . . is an almost unbelievable tale of bureaucracy, lunacy, and love. The suspense is stomach-wrenching and infuriating. Orlando Sentinel
  • “An affecting, powerful memoir of…struggles to adopt a baby girl in Zimbabwe, where the adoption laws are extremely strict…Utterly heartfelt and truly inspiring.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Annie | 2/16/2014

    " This memoir covers the life of Neely Tucker, a journalist, who while stationed in Zimbabwe, falls in love with a sweet little African girl and begins the difficult journey of international adoption. The book discusses racial matters: Neely is a white male from the deep South of Mississippi, his wife, Vita, is an African American woman from Detroit. These characteristics actually prove to be hindrances to the obstacle of adopting Chipo. The book is actually pretty intense, Neely is an active journalist correspondent, who travels to some dangerous places and lives the complete jet-set lifestyle. After reading this I could never be an internationalist journalist, at least not one that covers the subjects he did, and I could not be married to one. It is touching to see the sacrifices and changes he is willing to take to adopt his daughter. It was so frustrating to read how inept and corrupt the Zimbabwean government system proved to be, especially in regards to foreign adoptions. The descriptions of the orphanages were so heart wrenching. The AIDS epidemic/statistics/consequences were very sobering. Although depressing at times, this book is about perseverance and the triumph of a family against all odds. Favorite Quote: Sitting in that chair, my blue store apron on and a stupid look on my face, I think I understood for the first time that the word I had used said nothing about Theron, about the actor, or even about black people in general. It said boatloads, however, about me.” "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Julie | 2/13/2014

    " I have not given many books 5 stars. This book is incredible. The true story is about the author and his wife fighting to adopt a Zimbabwean infant in the midst of racial and cultural battles. Their perserverance was inspiring and I appreciated learning about Zimbabwe and the AIDS crisis. But the crowning reason for the 5 stars is Neely Tucker's writing style. He is talented, real, and entertaining. I highly recommend this book!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maureen | 1/25/2014

    " I don't know much about AIDS in Africa. I felt like I learned a bit about it after reading this book. It was well written and interesting. The great part is that the author not only told the story about adopting thier daughter, but also told about some of the political and social troubles these countries have been having. Overall I thought it started out pretty sad, but definitely perked up. I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys memoirs or location reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Yvonne | 1/24/2014

    " A book to keep you on the edge of your seat, Mr. Tucker's account of living and adopting in Zimbabwe is troubling and hard to put down. He writes about the horrifying collapse of family structure due to the AIDS epidemic in Africa with great perception and clarity. The plight of orphans in Zimbabwe is terrible to learn and this book offers no hope for improvement, which is the unfortunate reality of the situation. The specifics of his personal journey are fascinating but made me very anxious to read. Until the very end of the book, it is not clear how his family's situation could be resolved. A very good book, well-written and edifying. "

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