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The Journey of Life by [Teklemariam Birbirsa]

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Mistre is one of those characters you can't stop thinking about. She is living a life of the most challenging kind. She is a mother, but she is unable to be present for her children. Despite the choices she has made and the mistakes that have shaped her, Mistre manages to live her life for others. Her sights are set on helping those who cannot help themselves. Now, however, Mistre is on the run, and her life will never be the same-as her life changes, so do those of her children. If it is possible for a woman to triumph over what appears to be the depths of despair, Mistre is the woman to do it.
The Journey of Life, by Teklemariam Birbirsa, details all the turbulence and trauma of Mistre's life. Beginning with an unplanned pregnancy that could be the beginning of the end for her, Mistre relies on her friends' kind hearts and guidance. She has a purpose in life, and nothing will stop her-even some of the most devastating roadblocks a person can endure.
Birbirsa does a wonderful job of incorporating truths into this work of historical fiction. The timing and the settings truly bring the characters and their challenges to life. From governmental overreach to the Red Terror of Ethiopia, the author covers some truly heinous subject matter. Readers who look for bits of historical accuracy in their dramas will appreciate the efforts to which Birbirsa has gone to add details to Mistre's story.
Time seems to pass quickly for the characters. I could feel myself zooming through Mistre's life and found myself wondering, at some points, who was talking. Mistre's life is full, offers many more chances for side stories, and could stand to be drawn out into even more detailed chapters. Overall, the book seemed short, and I was begging for more by the end.
The Journey of Life, by Teklemariam Birbirsa is a riveting and emotionally charged novel. Mistre is a truly involved character with many chances for a more well-developed storyline. There is an underlying current of fear surrounding the main characters that deserves even more exploration. I look forward to seeing more from Birbirsa in the future and would love to see an offshoot of Mistre's life exploring the lives of her children.
Pages: 148 | ASIN: B08ZJRBPXG

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Chapter One: The Night at the HotelIt was Friday. Late in the morning, Mistre and I were in the office to present our weekly work report when someone I knew came rushing in."A stranger is looking for you," he said."Who?" I asked."I've never seen him before. I think he's your best friend.""Where is he?""Standing outside the courtyard.""Go, I'll finish the report," said Mistre, taking the paper from my hand.I walked out the front door and couldn't believe my eyes. When I saw his smile, I knew it was Adal Syed. I never expected to see him there,so I was shocked. We hugged each other and I was thrilled to see him, because he was my dear friend."You're in good condition, except for having lost weight," he said.I asked him about his family's well-being and his work. I was happy when he told me that everything was fine."I'm here for two days, staying in a hotel," he said. "We should spend that time together.""Yes, sure! We'll have a good time."He gave me the name and address of the hotel, and we parted.I told Mistre that my friend Adal had come from Addis Ababa to see me. She was happy for me, as she'd heard me talk about him before.That afternoon, Mistre and I headed to the hotel where Adal was staying. I had told Adal about Mistre in a letter, so he knew a little abouther.Adal wasn't surprised to meet her. "I know your name, even though I haven't met you in person," he said."I know you by name too," Mistre said with a smile.We had a good time that night eating and drinking at the hotel, and afterwards we returned to our shelter.The next morning, Mistre and I went to the hotel again. We spent the day with Adal touring some places. He invited us to spend the nightat his hotel.After the dinner party, a variety of drinks were served. Mistre was acting unusual, and her cheeks looked like ripe tomatoes. It was late atnight when I looked at my watch. Adal and Mistre were having an in-depth conversation about the highs and lows of life. I was so drunk, Ileft them and went to my room.Four months passed, and Mistre's girlfriends in the camp had been whispering to each other. She now had nausea and vomiting, whichwasn't uncommon. Her friends knew that it was one of the signs of pregnancy, but they didn't tell her. As I watched her gain weight anddespair, I became suspicious. I raised the issue one day while we were both under a fig tree."I didn't think there was anything you could hide from me that others would know about. Why are you keeping secret from me?" I said.Her tears began to flow slowly, and my heart filled with sorrow for her. I hugged her and wiped away her tears. After she calmed down,Mistre told me that she had spent the night in Adal's room and that she was pregnant with his child. I was shocked but said, "Don't worry,God is with you. Because this is stressful for me as well, I'll be with you to meet this great challenge."

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08ZJRBPXG
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tellwell Talent (March 18, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 18, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1011 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 148 pages

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The author has worked as a teacher, plumbing contractor, and hotel business owner in Ethiopia. Due to internal unrest, he fled the country in 1991 and remained a refugee in Kenya. He was granted asylum in 1998 and able to enter Sydney, Australia. Two years later, he reunited with his wife and children. Upon his arrival in Australia, he completed three years of education, graduating with a painting and sculpture diploma. The author presented his paintings and sculptures in several exhibitions. He has two daughters and three sons,and a grandson. For the rest of his life, witnessing about Jesus is a thirst for revelation.

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