Chasing the Leopard Finding The Lion


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Finalist for Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize Literature for Social Change 2008

Sons of revolutionaries, a classic Huck Finn/Tom Sawyer duo must grow up and find themselves when President-for-Life Robert Mugabe tightens his grip on white landowners and plunges Zimbabwe into anarchy. Julie Wakeman-Linn’s striking debut-part buddy road trip, part familial dramedy-focuses on two racially blended families as they outwit the world of diplomats, ex-pats, safari tourists, street rats, border guards, and the mercurial landscape. The result is an electrifying video capture of Africa in 1997 overflowing with intense color, tenacious characters, and riotous details.

“In Chasing the Leopard Finding The Lion Julie Wakeman-Linn transports her lucky readers to Zimbabwe and Zambia in the late ‘90s. Her absorbing novel follows the friendship between two young men, one white, one black, as they flee their troubled homeland looking for work, love and safety. Wakeman-Linn writes with wonderful vividness about the landscapes, animals and people that she knows so well. A splendid debut.” — Margot Livesey, Author of the Flight of Gemma Hardy

Chasing the Leopard; Finding the Lion is the work of a mature novelist who has a natural ability to engage a reader’s attention, to summon a vision. Her Africa is delicately evoked, and she brings moral choices into play in ways that only the best writers can manage. She is a gifted storyteller, a fine writer whose work I will always read with intense interest.” — Jay Parini, author of the Last Station and the Passages of H.M.

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Julie Wakeman-Linn

Julie Wakeman-Linn edits the Potomac Review and teaches at Montgomery College in Washington DC. Her novel, Chasing the Leopard; Finding the Lion was a finalist for Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize Literature for Social Change 2008.

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