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Open My Eyes, That I May See Marvellous Things

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ISBN:
9781780663906
Author:
Alice Allan
Details:
2017 | paperback | 240pp | 198x129mm
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Open My Eyes, That I May See Marvellous Things

How can you hold a baby next to your skin without it touching your heart?

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: when adopted midwife Mariam embarks on a project to protect an abandoned premature baby, she is forced to face her own abandonment years before. Time is running out before the baby is sent to the orphanage. Mysterious characters from the city surrounding the hospital will be crucial in determining the baby’s fate, as will a workaholic British doctor with whom Mariam finds herself falling in love... Alice Allan's debut novel is an original, vivid and moving story about attachment and loss.

"This is a beautifully written book, the characters of which leap to life and lodge in the mind. It is sure of its steps and tone, often moving, often daring." Robert Macfarlane (Landmarks, The Wild Places, The Lost Words)

“Open My Eyes is a tender story, perfectly evoking Addis Ababa in all its fascinating complexity... a joy to read”. Elizabeth Laird (The Garbage King, Lure of the Honey Bird)

“Allan writes evocatively of [Ethiopia]…The smells, customs, food, landmarks and patterns of life that her characters observe bring the country alive for the reader, creating an emotional and vibrant novel.” Juno Magazine

"I was moved and captivated by this gripping, unflinching, tender story of a woman catapulted into loving an abandoned baby. Told with great insight, it evokes the contradictions of contemporary Addis Ababa vividly. I loved it." Samantha Ellis (Take Courage, How to be a Heroine)

"I have never read prose that so powerfully captures the sensations of a newborn…It's really wonderful to read fiction so heartfelt, so accurate, and so moving.” Karen Hall, Sprogcast

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