I used four exclamation points in the title.
Let that be a sign unto you.
Why this book, why right now?
Has anyone else noticed how broken and sad and angry the world feels lately?
I feel it in my bones, a hunger for hope, love, compassion, goodness.
But, I don’t want those if they come through avoiding the hard things like racism, elitism, cruelty, harassment, oppression, diseases, stigmas.
This story required me to write straight into the hard.
Like being a white woman in Africa. Like engaging in violence on female bodies and fighting violence on female bodies. Like war and poverty and humanitarian failures.
But also, this story showed me the way to finding that hope and goodness I’m desperate for. It isn’t in sweeping hard conversations under the rug, it is in diving right into them with humility and humanity.
That is why now. Because I believe you are also desperate for hope, goodness, and light. You don’t want to retreat into the corner, surrounded by people just like you. You’re willing to cross boundaries and to learn how to love and live better in the diverse world that is our real world.
You’re willing to go to hard places and be changed there.
You want a love that is stronger than fear.
You want a life that is stronger than death.