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an event from the author’s own life, this is the tale of two young
women, one American and the other African. Julia Elaine Newton
leaves her home in Ohio to volunteer in a mission in the Belgian
Congo. The beautiful young American ends up teaching in an all-girls
boarding school that has become a refuge for native runaway child
cry from her experiences in a small Mid-western Bible college, Julia
is about to experience a culture she really isn’t prepared for and
she’ll be working with individuals with some interesting ideas
about white people.
is a young girl who has run away to avoid marriage to a tribal leader
named Chief Eagle. As the youngest and newest wife of the chief,
tradition demands that Buakane will be buried alive with the man when
he dies and she fears that event will come sooner rather than later.
She doesn’t relish the idea of a premature death, so she runs from
attempts to protect this young woman from her vindictive would-be
husband, Julia comes to terms with a culture she is learning about
through trial and error. Along with Cripple, her native servant, and
a few other adults, Julia must protect Buakane and the rest of the
school’s girls as Congolese independence nears. Realizing where
his child bride is, Chief Eagle is determined to exact his revenge on
her protectors and claim his property. As power is about to be turned
over to the natives, this becomes a serious threat and one Julia must
meet head on.
atmospheric novel with plenty of colorful characters and cultural
nuances Western readers should appreciate, The Girl Who Married an
Eagle is a riveting read which also exhibits an entirely new
dimension to Tamar Myers’ fiction.