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Reba Freeman has loved two men in her life. Her current husband, Carl, has supported her through their 20-year marriage and given her all the material wealth a suburban wife could hope for. Reba is comfortable, if not necessarily content, in her life with Carl and their blossoming teenage daughter, Marisa, until she learns that her first love and first husband, Joseph Thomas, has been detained by the World Court of Human Rights.

Joseph, a peaceful, gifted Liberian student, had dreams of returning to his native land and educating his people for the betterment of his country. Reba respected his strength and wanted to support his cause, but didn't accompany Joseph to Liberia after graduation, due to mysterious circumstances. Now, 20 years later, she must decide if finding out what has happened to her first husband is worth the risk of losing Carl and turning her comfortable world inside out.

Alternating between present-day action and a series of flashbacks, Accident of Birth creates an intricate tapestry of suspense, drama, and romance, while also looking at the moral and cultural differences between African Americans and Africans.

©2004 Heather Neff; (P)2005 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Neff deftly interweaves the past and the present in a novel that explores the cultural differences between Africans and Americans." (Booklist)

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  • SJ
  • 07-30-13

Very appropriate title.

Would you consider the audio edition of Accident of Birth to be better than the print version?

Unable to compare, never read the book. Selected the audiobook by cover and title. Happy for a choice in the dark. Worth the credit!!!

What other book might you compare Accident of Birth to and why?

Not sure, I'd have to really think about that. Although I have traveled overseas and worked with foreign individuals. So, I can understand the trials and tribulations of those that are not born in the US, and that they truly survive the best way they know how, and their survival in the US, their financial stability/gain is solely sought for the aid in helping their families at home.

Which scene was your favorite?

Why he actually left.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, not cry, but truly made me visualize the characters and why they took that walk out on the tight rope [so to say] for what they believed in.

Any additional comments?

Worth the credit!!!

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  • Tricia
  • San Jose, CA, USA
  • 02-24-08

Good Listen

I enjoyed listening to this book. It got a little long winded in some parts. All is all a good listen.

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Accident of Birth

Great Book!!!!!!!

0 of 6 people found this review helpful