In the Shade of the Mulberry Tree: A year in Zambia
By Catharine Withenay
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Published: March 12, 2013
Words: 73,127 (approximate)
Language: British English
Moving to Africa with two young children was not what Catharine had planned to do with her life, particularly given her fear of malaria and tropical diseases. But following her husband to Zambia, she contends with poverty and potholes, motherhood and mosquitoes, and is variously rescued by goats, nuts, lavender and Sherry. Could she ever come to call this home?
Organising her husband, toddler and babe in arms, three suitcases, two rucksacks, a pram and a travel cot onto a plane ready for a new life in Zambia is complicated enough. Given Catharine’s fear of malaria and tropical diseases and the anxieties of moving beyond the reach of friends and family, she wonders how she was persuaded to move at all. Then, just as they approach the airport, it appears that they don’t have their passports.
In the Shade of the Mulberry Tree is a heartwarming and thought provoking tale about Catharine Withenay’s first year living abroad as an expatriate wife. She chronicles her family’s adventures as they settle into a new culture far from home. Nothing is as simple as it should be, from buying furniture to getting a haircut. As she copes with motherhood and the injustices of poverty and healthcare in Zambia she wonders: could she ever come to call this place home?
, expatriate life
, travel memoir
, medical research
, mulberry bush
, mulberry tree
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