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The ravenala : a romantic novel, Jackie Zollo Brooks

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The ravenala : a romantic novel
Title
The ravenala
Title remainder
a romantic novel
Statement of responsibility
Jackie Zollo Brooks
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The title is taken from the ravenala palm, the so-called "travelers' tree" found only in Madagascar. A traveler cutting into the palm's branches can receive a refreshing drink of cool water; one who is lost can follow the ravenala's alignment, always on an east/west axis. The story of the novel is of a New England woman and her sisters. Vivian James goes to Madagascar to find her destiny. Then, having found the unexpected freedom to be herself, Vivian discovers there is another more significant value. Living among the unsophisticated but very brave Malagasy, Vivian comes to consider that it is endurance we may learn to value more than freedom. Years later, Con Bennet, a British economist for the United Nations, becomes a regular visitor to Fort Dauphin, the coastal town where Vivian lives. Their easy friendship which Vivvie enjoys shortly turns to love. Con is as easy with this new turn in their relationship as Vivvie is uneasy. Con is years younger than she and he poses a threat to her cherished solitude. Can she sustain a love relationship at her age, given not only her independent spirit but her determination to live a contemplative life? Life changes for the two when Vivian receives news that her sister, Laurel, is dying of cancer in the United Sates. Reluctantly, Vivian plans to return home. Con insists on accompanying her. Suddenly she is fearful, knowing her family may threaten all she has achieved by way of independence in Madagascar, not to mention their judgment of her relationship with Con. Returning with Con to her family in the States, Vivvie faces the challenges of aging, sickness, and ultimately death. Beyond these inevitable life changes are the variety of human ways we deal with them. Appalled at her sisters' fears, jealousies, and self-deceit, Vivvie is brought up short when Con shines the light on her own hidden frailties. But it is his relationship with Vivian which forms the heart of the novel..."
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Brooks, Jackie Zollo
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fiction
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  • Peace Corps (U.S.)
  • Romance fiction
Label
The ravenala : a romantic novel, Jackie Zollo Brooks
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Publication
Control code
1554481
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st Peace Corps Writers ed.
Extent
296 p.
Isbn
9781935925200
System control number
(OCoLC)867555754
Label
The ravenala : a romantic novel, Jackie Zollo Brooks
Publication
Control code
1554481
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st Peace Corps Writers ed.
Extent
296 p.
Isbn
9781935925200
System control number
(OCoLC)867555754

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