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When Rivers Meet

When Rivers Meet

When a young and likeable stranger comes to a pleasant American town, he’s invited to become “one of the family,” “one of the congregation,” “one of us.” But he is in fact none of these things. Being Ethiopian, he cannot change his skin. Being an aristocrat, he cannot suddenly be wholly democratic. Being young, he cannot, in one year, acquire the wisdom and experience of full maturity. He tries, and fails, and so do those around him, until the whole community is split in two, threatened with a very real danger of internal violence. Suddenly a natural disaster looms…

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