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Come to Africa and Save Your Marriage and other stories

By |2018-03-21T18:27:20+01:00September 1st, 2004|Recent Reviews|

By Maria Thomas

Soho, 1987. 235 pages.


he first short story collection by former Peace Corps and development worker Roberta Worrick (Thomas’s real name) explores the various ways ex-pats come to new lands seeking renewal and fail to get what they came for.

The title story is a tragi-comic bump-and-grind ride through the final scenes of the failing marriage of peace workers; “Silver Sugar from Bombay” is a more bitter than sweet portrait of Indians stuck in the no-man’s land of an African that no longer wants them; “The Texan” subtly recounts how a well-intentioned Texan transforms into a cartoon racist. Worrick knew Africa and Americans in Africa, and veers far away from stereotypes.

Sadly, this was both her first and last story collection; she died in a plane crash in Ethiopia in 1989.

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