Waiting for the Waters to Rise (Paperback)

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By Maryse Condé, Richard Philcox (Translator)
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Condé interweaves the lives of Babakar, a Malian doctor living alone in Guadeloupe who undertakes care of Anaïs, an orphaned child, with those of Movar, a Haitian man, and Fouad, Palestinian, as they venture to Haiti searching for the little girl's family. This is a timely story of the effects of colonization in the Caribbean and the search for meaning and humanity in the face of loss of loved ones and places.

— Patsy


Babakar is a doctor living alone, with only the memories of his childhood in Mali. In his dreams, he receives visits from his blue-eyed mother and his ex-lover Azelia, both now gone, as are the hopes and aspirations he's carried with him since his arrival in Guadeloupe. Until, one day, the child Ana's comes into his life, forcing him to abandon his solitude. Ana s's Haitian mother died in childbirth, leaving her daughter destitute--now Babakar is all she has, and he wants to offer this little girl a future. Together they fly to Haiti, a beautiful, mysterious island plagued by violence, government corruption, and rebellion. Once there, Babakar and his two friends, the Haitian Movar and the Palestinian Fouad, three different identities looking for a more compassionate world, begin a desperate search for Ana s's family.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781642860733
ISBN-10: 1642860735
Publisher: World Editions
Publication Date: August 5th, 2021
Pages: 368
Language: English