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Love in the Driest Season - A Family Memoir

Neely Tucker

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Foreign correspondent Neely Tucker and his wife, Vita, arrived in Zimbabwe in 1997. After witnessing firsthand the devastating consequences of AIDS on the population, especially the children, the couple started volunteering at an orphanage that was desperately underfunded and short-staffed. One afternoon, a critically ill infant was brought to the orphanage from a village outside the city. She'd been left to die in a field on the day she was born, abandoned in the tall brown grass that covers the highlands of Zimbabwe in the dry season. After a near-death hospital stay, and under strict doctor's orders, the ailing child was entrusted to the care of Tucker and Vita. Within weeks Chipo, the girl-child whose name means gift, would come to mean everything to them. Still an active correspondent, Tucker crisscrossed the continent, filing stories about the uprisings in the Congo, the civil war in Sierra Leone, and the postgenocidal conflict in Rwanda. He witnessed heartbreaking scenes of devastation and violence, steeling him further to take a personal role in helping anywhere he could. At home in Harare, Vita was nursing Chipo back to health. Soon she and Tucker decided to alter their lives forever-they would adopt Chipo. That decision challenged an unspoken social norm-that foreigners should never adopt Zimbabwean children. Raised in rural Mississippi in the sixties and seventies, Tucker was familiar with the mores associated with and dictated by race. His wife, a savvy black woman whose father escaped the Jim Crow South for a new life in the industrial North, would not be deterred in her resolve to welcome Chipo into their loving family. As if their situation wasn't tenuous enough, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was stirring up national fervor against foreigners, especially journalists, abroad and at home. At its peak, his antagonizing branded all foreign journalists personae non grata. For Tucker, the only full-time American correspondent in Zimbabwe, the declaration was a direct threat to his life and his wife

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michael Kramer

Length:

7h 59m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:05

Introduction
Introduction

03:47


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:07


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:41


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:34


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:44


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:43


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:34


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:15


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:49


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:47


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:44


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:29


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:54


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:47


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:18


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:14


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:26


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:02


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:50


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:37


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:14


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:32


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:44


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:21


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:17


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:09


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:03


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:00


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:55


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:33


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

01:45


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:16


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:03


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:49


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:15


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:51


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:48


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:02


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:08


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:12


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:44


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:10


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

01:53


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:09


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:16


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:06


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:02


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:33


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:32


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:29


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

01:52


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:38


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:26


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:51


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:56


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

01:51


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:17


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:55


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:13


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

01:48


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:55


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:10


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:00


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:13


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:30


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:04


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:26


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

02:49


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:07


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:55


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:18


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:09


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:31


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:10


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

01:38


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:09


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:57


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:26


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

01:50


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:32


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:19


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:00


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:19


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:54


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:14


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:02


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:39


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:55


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

01:26


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:34


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:49


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:49


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:24


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:07


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:27


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:08


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:24


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:21


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:28


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:40


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

02:48


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:57


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:19


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:30


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:47


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

02:34


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:55


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:25


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:15


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:18


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:42


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

00:53


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:33


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:12


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:18