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This book tells the true story of the life and times of an African nuclear family whose breadwinner, their father, was caught between sickness and war. His death leaves all the responsibility of care for his children to his helpless wife. Determined to raise her family, the poor widow is left amid that task and the task of preserving a little inheritance for her only son. Not giving up on their dreams the woman and her son faced life squarely, even when the youngest of her four children was only a few months old and the eldest eight. This seemed like the proverbial tale of a man pursuing a shadow. Was she able to surmount these herculean tasks? Did her only son live up to his many lofty dreams?

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