Out of Africa meets The English Patient...
Blackwell North Amer
Memory Cougan, beautiful, black and in her twenties, has a successful career and a boyfriend who adores her. But on the eve of her engagement party, she panics. Brought to London at the age of five, she has no recollection of her childhood in Africa, no remembrance of why she left. Leaving Adam, her flat and her job behind, she flies back to the country she no longer recognises - and to Max, the reclusive coffee planter who may just have the answers she needs.
But Memory's journey to discover her identity is not hers alone to make. For Max, hardened by his years of survival in the remote African bush, her coming will re-awaken memories of the most intense time in his life, and of his beloved old aeroplane, Hotel Juliet. For Elise, her adoptive mother, Memory's flight is the first crack in the shield she has built around their lives to protect them from the truth of what really happened in Africa all those years ago. And for Paul Cougan, whose youthful idealism cost him so much, there will at last be recognition for the sacrifice he made.
Moving from Scotland and London to Africa and back again over twenty years, Hotel Juliet tells the story of four people whose lives play out against the endless skies and wild beauty of the African landscape.
London : John Murray, c2008
346 p. ; 25 cm