In honor of Peace Corps week, February 26th to March 4th, we are excited to announce a unique opportunity to connect further with Niger:
K. L. Barron, RAIN supporter and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Niger, has published her debut novel Thirst. Thirst offers an opportunity to engage in deep dialogue about Niger, the Sahel, and RAIN’s work. For added incentive, Barron has committed to donating $1 to RAIN for every book sold!
Praise for Thirst:
“Thirst will haunt you. Set in a space so remote and uniquely fascinating that every page brings new cultural revelations, this novel introduces western readers to Niger’s Tuareg people with deep compassion. K.L. Barron has created a multicultural cast of unforgettable characters whose personal quirks and vulnerabilities lead to both joyous and tragic consequences, but the most powerful character is the desert itself. As beautiful and ruthless as a god, the Sahel shapes survival into a form of worship.”
-Aimee Liu, author of Glorious Boy
I was drawn to tell this story because of my personal experience of living in the desert village of Tchin-Tabaraden, Niger among the nomads for a couple of years and have never forgotten it. I wanted to set a story there because of the high contrast, dominating landscape and to shine a light on and capture some of the nomads’ endangered traditional culture on the page before it disappears much as the Native Americans’ did.
Stay tuned for additional opportunities to engage with the book and the author.
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