The Griot Project Book Series
Venus of Khala-Kanti is a tale of life-altering loss and mystical recovery. Set in an imaginary West African village that becomes a charming cul-de-sac, the unintended consequence of a national roadwork project gone awry, the story follows characters drawn with humor, irony, and empathy. The heart of the story beats with the laughter and tears of three women. Having faced incredible hardship, they come together to build their lives anew, armed with the age-old spirit of human resilience, understanding, and tenderness. Tapping into the very soil of Khala-Kanti, Bella, Assumta, and Clarisse construct spaces, both internal and external, where they and others can rejuvenate their bodies, minds, and spirits. They build the Good Hope Center, which embraces both the physical and the mystical landscape of the story. The Center fuels the restoration and growth of the village's inhabitants, and offers sanctuary for those who visit and those who stay.
"Discovering a little gem is always exciting. Two main
factors make this such a pleasurable reading experience: the story line is uplifting and the novel solidly rooted in reality. Kingué tells the story of characters who rediscover the meaning of life after sinking to the lowest point of human existence; it is a reminder that the road to happiness is rarely a smooth ride."
- JeanMarie Volet, University of Western Australia
About the author:
Angèle Kingué is professor of French and francophone studies at Bucknell University.
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