Eleanor Morse captures the magic of the African landscape and the terror and degradation of life under apartheid…[She] channels her fascination with the factious regions into her courageous characters, whose story roars along and arrives, finally, at hope.
Louise Ermelino - Oprah Magazine
There are not enough adjectives to describe the strength of this story. Eleanor Morse has written a character driven novel with character. White Dog Fell From the Sky has a life of its own that blends reality, insight, observation, and nuance with such ease and grace you forget you are reading.... A powerful story of love—love of a person, a people, a land and living with purpose.... Emotionally riveting, heartbreaking, and at times unbearable, while simultaneously embracing hope, insight, and a sense of perpetual mystery. Each sentence is more beuatiful than the last.
Gabriel Constans - New York Journal of Books
Morse’s third novel (after Chopin’s Garden) is both brutal and beautiful. ... Medical student Isaac Muthethe flees South Africa after white police murder his friend.... [H]e’s adopted by a persistent white dog and ... and is hired as a gardener by Alice, an American woman in a shell of a marriage.... Botswana, South Africa, and the loyal White Dog are characters as important and well-drawn as Alice and Isaac. Morse’s unflinching portrayals of extremes of loyalty and cruelty make for an especially memorable novel.
Big issues of ecology, politics, borders, race relations, art, and history.
As an educated black man, promising medical student, Isaac's life is in increasing danger in South Africa, so he leaves his family, his schooling and his fiancee to flee across the border to neighboring Botswana, where blacks and whites live in relative harmony. He is immediately and irrevocably adopted by the stray, overtly metaphoric dog of the title..... Morse brings the natural world of Botswana to vivid life, but her idealization of Isaac and all the black Africans as noble victims does them a disservice by making them two-dimensional in contrast to the three-dimensional whites.
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