Thursday, July 1, 2021

The Mediterranean Wall by Louis-Philippe Dalembert - BOOK BEGINNINGS



Happily, the once-in-a-millennium "heat dome" over Portland cracked Monday and temperatures dropped about 50 degrees overnight, from a record-high 116 degrees to an overnight low of 65. You could watch the thermostat fall and hear windows flying up to catch the cool breeze. Lots of Portland houses, including mine, don't have air conditioning, so we don't like heat waves!

Now we are back to our typical summer, with days in the 70s or 80s and nights in the 50s. I love it. I can walk to work again. And I can read. When my house was so hot, all I could do was lie in front of the fan and watch Netflix. My brain was too hot to concentrate on a book.

I hope your weather is temperate and your book entertaining!

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From The Mediterranean Wall by Haitian author Louis-Philippe Dalembert, translated from French by Marjolijn de Jager (2021, Schaffner Press):

Night had just fallen on Sabratha when one of the jailers entered the warehouse.

Three women flee their homelands -- Nigeria, Somalia, and Syria. They are thrown together aboard a dilapidated refugee boat in the Mediterranean Sea, trying to get to Europe. Dalembert's new novel is based on true events of the summer of 2014, off the coast of Italy.


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Another fun Friday event is The Friday 56. Share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your book, or 56% of the way through your e-book or audiobook, on this weekly event hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice.


From The Mediterranean Wall:
They covered two thousand five hundred kilometers, seven days and seven nights in the Sahara, under conditions that even camels would have a hard time coping with. Only one stop a day was allowed. 

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