Waiting on Wednesday: The Civilized World by Susi Wyss

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

I'm really looking forward to reading The Civilized World by Susi Wyss. This novel looks fantastic! The book's description reads:

When Adjoa leaves Ghana to find work in the Ivory Coast, she hopes that one day she'll return home to open a beauty parlor. Her dream comes true, though not before she suffers a devastating loss—one that will haunt her for years, and one that also deeply affects Janice, an American aid worker who no longer feels she has a place to call home. But the bustling Precious Brother Salon is not just the "cleanest, friendliest, and most welcoming in the city." It's also where locals catch up on their gossip; where Comfort, an imperious busybody, can complain about her American daughter-in-law, Linda; and where Adjoa can get a fresh start on life—or so she thinks, until Janice moves to Ghana and unexpectedly stumbles upon the salon.

At once deeply moving and utterly charming, The Civilized World follows five women as they face meddling mothers-in-law, unfaithful partners, and the lingering aftereffects of racism, only to learn that their cultural differences are outweighed by their common bond as women. With vibrant prose, Susi Wyss explores what it means to need forgiveness—and what it means to forgive.

Author bio:

Susi Wyss's fiction is influenced by her twenty-year career managing women's health programs in Africa, where she lived for more than eight years. She holds a B.A. from Vassar, an M.P.H. from Boston University, and an M.A. in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University. The Civilized World is her first book. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.


bermudaonion on April 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM said...

This book sounds so good and I just love the cover!

Staci on April 6, 2011 at 1:21 PM said...

I thought this one sounded great too...excellent choice!

Anonymous said...

Doesn't this one look good? I'm excited about it. Thanks for sharing!

Lori on April 6, 2011 at 4:28 PM said...

I hope that when you get your book, it is everything you hope it to be. Check out what I am Waiting On Wednesday for. Happy Reading.

Belinda on April 6, 2011 at 4:41 PM said...

I haven't heard of the book before but it definitely looks interesting. Happy reading!
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Janice on April 9, 2011 at 1:00 AM said...

That's definitely convince me. I will keep this book in mind.


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