I don’t know why the U.S. decided that Saddam Hussein was public enemy #1 with that evil wacko Robert Mugabe running around*. I seriously can’t understand why somebody hasn’t taken that guy out. He has run Zimbabwe into the ground. What was once the most literate, rich country in Africa is now the poorest with highest rate of HIV/AIDS infection. It’s a horrible tragedy.
It’s called Love in the Driest Season by Neely Tucker (who is a man even though that name sounds kind of girly). He was reporter in Zimbabwe (white, American) who had a black American wife. They came across a baby girl who had been abandoned in the African bush and fell in love with her. The Tuckers decided to try to adopt her and this is their story (maddening, exhilarating, heartbreaking). I highly recommend it. Not only is it beautiful, it’s got a lot of history and background of the politics and culture of Zimbabwe. You can get used copies for really cheap on Amazon (like for 40¢).