Christine Kindberg presents The Means that Makes Us Strangers

Adelaide has lived her whole life in rural Ethiopia as the white American daughter of an anthropologist. Then her family moves to Greenville, South Carolina, in 1964. Adelaide vows to find her way back to Ethiopia, marry Maicaah, and become part of the village for real. But until she turns eighteen, Adelaide must adjust to this strange, white place that everyone tells her is home. Then Adelaide becomes friends with the five African American students who sued for admission into the white high school. Even as she navigates her family's expectations and her mother's depression, Adelaide starts to enjoy her new friendships, the chance to learn new things, and the time she spends with a blond football player. Life in Greenville becomes interesting, and home becomes a much more complex equation. Adelaide must finally choose where she belongs: the Ethiopian village where she grew up, to which she promised to return? Or this place where she's become part of something bigger than herself?

Author Bio:

Christine Kindberg grew up in Peru, Chile, Panama, Kentucky, and North Carolina. She studied at Wheaton College and earned an MFA in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte. Now she lives in the Chicago suburbs, where she works as a Spanish-language editor at Tyndale House Publishers. The Means That Make Us Strangers is her first novel.




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Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
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