Power Lines

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by Jason Carter

In the aftermath of apartheid, few whites live as Peace Corps volunteer Jason Carter did---with a black family in a Third-World community. As he shows us, deprivation and illiteracy are formidable foes adding to the centuries-old legacy of oppression and mistrust that still casts its long shadow across South African society struggling to redefine itself in the years following Nelson Mandela's presidency.

This observant, articulate young man entered his Peace Corps assignment in South Africa bolstered by a tradition of service. His great-grandmother, Lillian Carter, served as a volunteer in India while in her seventies. His grandfather is former President Jimmy Carter, who exposed Jason at a young age to the rewards of humanitarian work. Jason shared his grandfather's interest in Africa, traveling there twice before joining the Peace Corps.

Where others have found themselves cut off from the opposing worlds of black or white South Africa, Carter succeeded in navigating each with insight and humor. As he describes learning to speak Siswati and Zulu, eat new foods, and observe new customs, his respect, compassion, and resourcefulness win the reader's heart as his keen eye offers vignettes of a land where individual blacks and even whole black cities are all but invisible to many well-intentioned South African whites. And yet, amid deprivation and despair, he finds everywhere a spirit of reaching out, of striving, of friendship and community that can break down even racial barriers as deeply entrenched as South Africa's. At once clear-eyed and compassionate, Power Lines opens a rare window on a world racked with turmoil, yet full of hope.

(Hard cover only) 278 pages, (Dimensions 9, 5, 1 inches)

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