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In a fiction debut that is as much a novel of self-discovery and identity as a lucent love story, memoirist Walker brings her background and literary strengths to bear. When the 19-year-old unnamed narrator and her Yale friend, Miriam, start their long travels, arriving in Africa becomes life-changing. In Egypt, the narrator feels she belongs for the first time, with her copper-colored skin and brown, almond-shaped eyes. Then in Lamu, an island off the coast of Kenya, she falls in love with handsome Swahili Muslim Adé, who gives her the Arabic name Farida. As Miriam resumes traveling alone, Farida and Adé live together simply and make plans to marry. But Swahili custom requires face-to-face meetings to ask for parental approval, and political realities strike previously entitled American Farida for the first time. Walker knows whereof she writes. Farida, like the author (daughter of novelist Alice Walker and lawyer Mel Levanthal), is black, white, and Jewish and a child of divorce, and Walker uses this knowledge to good effect here. A brief, sensuous love story grounded in painful reality. --Michele Leber

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"Read this book! An incredible journey! A beautiful LOVE story!" —Madonna

"Memoirist Walker makes her fiction debut with a short, sad tale of love that flowers but cannot take root in Kenya. The prose is gorgeous." —Kirkus Reviews

“Vivid… [Adé] will not soon be forgotten.” —New York Journal of Books

“[Adé] reads like a memoir, and its prose is as concentrated and image filled as a parable. Readers will relish the dreamlike story of love and surrender.”—Library Journal

“A fiction debut that is as much a novel of self-discovery and identity as a lucent love story.” —Booklist

“Walker’s prose aches with longing, and a knowingness… [Adé] feels as though it’s told in the weighty quiet of a late night conversation.” —STETnyc.com

“I want to say Adé reads like a memoir, but this heartbreaking, poetic tale of romance versus reality does more than that: it reads like truth. Lush, sensual, seductive, Adé is written with as much love as the story it tells.” —MAT JOHNSON, author of Pym
 
“In luminous, dreamlike prose, Rebecca Walker has written more than a love story: Adé explores the difficulty of fleeing one’s origins, of relinquishing privilege, even in the name of love.” —DANZY SENNA, author of You Are Free and Caucasia
 
“Brief and intense, Adé is a surprise gem–a sensuous feast of food, sex, danger, and the life of awakened senses from one of our most celebrated nonfiction writers. A lyrical novel as timeless as Marguerite Duras’s The Lover.—MOLLY PEACOCK, author of The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life’s Work at 72

 “If you’ve ever dared to love outside the pre­dictable geography of your origins, or wished you had, this beautiful novel will grab your heart and not let go.” —BLISS BROYARD, author of One Drop: My Father’s Hidden Life–A Story of Race and Family Secrets 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Little A / New Harvest (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054414922X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0544149229
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The narrator, a 19 year old first generation Ivy League freshman at Yale University, had a close relationship with both her divorced parents, her mother Christian and father Jewish. When she meets her 21 year old free spirited feminist friend Miriam in a film studies class, they became fast friends. As they experienced the excitement of the college party scene, they decide to travel together to Africa, taking a year or so off from their course of study. With approval and extra funds provided by her parents, they began their travel adventure.

Landing in Cairo Egypt she and Miriam traveled south, feeling the land deeply familiar. They soon were dehydrated from the heat and saw a doctor. As they learned to keep time by muezzins call to prayer, they could feel the silent intense observations and stares of the women hidden in the hajab covering of muslim dress. The men mostly wore white shirts and skullcaps. Taking a fast dip in the Nile River, they traveled seeing the vastness of the Arabian Sea and the desolation of the Sinai desert, and Mount Sinai, where Moses received the 10 Commandments. In the desert they marveled at how their tour guides navigated around without landmarks, maps, or a compass. Miriam was annoyed at the tourists overall and the disrespect of Muslim men towards women.

They traveled by ferry to "Lamu" the island of sand and stone, in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Kenya. Here, our narrator meets Ade`, a handsome young highly respected Swahili man, who worked very hard, visited his mother in the evenings at Ramadan, and gave her all his money to support their large family. His mother, was one of his father's five wives, who all lived away together on another island.
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I am a fan of Rebecca Walker's previous work, having loved Baby Love and Black, White & Jewish, however Ade missed the mark as her fiction debut. Reading the first few chapters was troublesome and besides the poor sentence structure (I blame the editor), I tried to put a finger on what else was bothering me. As one reviewer stated, "this story reads like a book that was written for Kindle," complete with underdeveloped characters and an oddly paced story line. I too was disappointed that it did not have a new main character. I did not expect the book to have so much autobiographical content. It almost seems like a book that was written hurriedly, without the proper attention required. Though short, I did not bother finishing it. Buy it on Kindle if you are curious, but it is not worth the price charged for the print version. This will not be a favorite of anyone who reads avidly.
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I have been a fan of Rebecca for a while, but I am wholly disappointed by this book.

First, I hesitate to call it a novel because it is so short. More like a novella. Then, for anyone who has read her memoir, you will see that half of the book is borrowed from her real life. Ugh.

I know that writers infuse themselves into their characters but this is a whole new level. I was hoping for creativity. Something new and refreshing from her, but I was sadly let down.

The book is an extension of her memoir with a standard love story woven through. By the time you start caring about this couple, she's quickly ending the story.

She's lucky she had the connections to get this published.

Very disappointed.
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This is a remarkable book about a copper colored American girl who goes on a trip to Africa with a friend. Her mother had taken a long trip to Africa that defined her when she was a girl, so she encourages her daughter to go too--to experience it, not to just visit. And our American girl is renamed by a man she meets, Ade, Farida there in Kenya. And in fact, she is reborn and she is changed by her stay in Africa. She falls in love and feels more at home in Kenya that she did from where was from. In her quest to get a passport for Ade so he can take her home and formally ask her family to allow him to marry her, she falls ill and experience the other side of Africa. On other occasions she experiences the other Africa, the real Africa, like watching a young boy shot down in a deserted street by soldiers in a tank, but she ignores those ominous warnings due to her love for Ade and the land. But when she is struck deathly ill by malaria she can no longer choose to ignore this other side of Africa. She is sent home, miraculously allowed to leave, to regain her health and she leaves Ade and Africa behind. The book is beautiful. The language used is clear and thoughtful and inspiring. If you were looking for a book that explored the appreciation for another culture, than this book is for you. If you aren't looking for a book about love that destiny sometimes brings to a rare few, and is therefore short lived, than this book is for you. If you don't care a bit for appreciating other cultures and peoples than this book is still for you, although it will surprise you, because it is a well told story related in such a way that you will appreciate all the nuances of love found unexpectedly and you will not care that you learned something along the way. This is not a very long read, just a good one. I can't recommend it enough to you. I enjoyed it immensely. The beginning make me think of the Karen Blitzen's Out of Africa.
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