The world watched in horror in April 2007 when Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho went on a killing rampage that resulted in the deaths of thirty-two students and faculty members before he ended his own life. Former Virginia Tech English department chair and distinguished professor Lucinda Roy saw the tragedy unfold on the TV screen in her home and had a terrible realization. Cho was the student she had struggled to get to know–the loner who found speech torturous.
After her mother dies, Joan, an American artist, travels to Africa in search of her sister, a nun. But in the turmoil of African revolution and political corruption, the sisters are separated. The story of their reunion, and the world-worn people who help them, is one that is lyrical, earthy, and spellbinding. Lucinda Roy is a Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech.
Lucinda Roy, best-selling author of The Hotel Alleluia, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal for Lady Moses, her debut novel. Poetic and earthy, it traces the turbulent life of Jacinta Moses, child of a black African writer and a white British actress.