Jo Alkemade was that teenage girl growing up in Kenya in the 70s; "Belonging in Africa" is an autobiographical novel inspired by her experiences at the time. The author's intimate understanding of era and place authenticates this story’s Western perspective of a uniquely African adventure.
An MA in English Language and Literature from Leiden University in the Netherlands, with a major in African Studies, helped lay the foundation for "Belonging in Africa".
In 2008, Jo Alkemade wrote the children’s book: "Jennifer and Jojo: Friends Forever", published by Kenya Literature Bureau and approved by the Kenya Institute of Education for classroom use. Various short stories have been published in online magazines, and in the anthology "Short and Happy (or not)".
After a lifetime of globetrotting, Jo has settled in a small town just south of Santa Fe, New Mexico in the USA. Kenya continues to hold a special place in her heart, and she visits whenever she can.
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Belonging in Africa - An Autobiographical Novel
by Jo Alkemade
Sara finds love with her perfect man, dismissing the fact that he is black and she is white. After all, these are the liberated 1970s, life in newly independent Kenya is wild and wonderful, and young love conquers all. Sam and Sara embrace a future they know will fulfill their dreams. But before long they discover that the world is a complicated place, and horror lurks where it is least expected.
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