Rules of the Wild by Francesca Marciano
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Rules of the Wild
By Francesca Marciano

Rules of the Wild

A Novel of Africa

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Format: Paperback / softback

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Rules of the Wild by Francesca Marciano

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A mesmerizing novel of love and nostalgia set in the vast spaces of contemporary East Africa. Romantic, often resonantly ironic, moving and wise, Rules of the Wild transports us to a landscape of unsurpassed beauty even as it gives us a sharp-eyed portrait of a closely knit tribe of cultural outsiders: the expatriates living in Kenya today. Challenged by race, by class, and by a longing for home, here are "safari boys" and samaritans, reporters bent on their own fame, travelers who care deeply about elephants but not at all about the people of Africa. They all know each other. They meet at dinner parties, they sleep with each other, they argue about politics and the best way to negotiate their existence in a place where they don't really belong. At the center is Esme, a beautiful young woman of dazzling ironies and introspections, who tells us her story in a voice both passionate and self-deprecating. Against a paradoxical backdrop of limitless physical freedom and escalating civil unrest, Esme struggles to make sense of her own place in Africa and of her feelings for the two men there whom she loves--Adam, a second-generation Kenyan who is the first to show her the wonders of her adopted land, and Hunter, a British journalist sickened by its horrors. Rules of the Wild evokes the worlds of Isak Dinesen, Beryl Markham, and Ernest Hemingway. It explores unforgettably our infinite desire for a perfect elsewhere, for love and a place to call home. It is an astonishing literary debut."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780375703430
ISBN-10: 0375703438
Format: Paperback / softback
(201mm x 130mm x 20mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Random House Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: United States

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Set in contemporary Nairobi, this is at once a sharp-eyed dissection of white society in modern Kenya and the moving story of a young woman, Esme, struggling to make sense of her place in Africa, and her feelings for the two men she loves.

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Author Biography - Francesca Marciano

Francesca Marciano is a documentary filmmaker who divides her time between Rome and Kenya. This is her first novel.

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