Books That Inspire 2004

So Long a Letter
Mariama Bâ

The novel, So Long a Letter, recounts one woman’s experiences when her husband takes a second wife in Senegal, West Africa. As a North American scholar, this novel challenged me to think about women’s issues in sub-Saharan Africa in terms of how certain customs can be functional on the one hand, yet unequal and conflict-ridden on the other. To consider our world in more balanced terms, this novel reminds me that cross-cultural analysis should include both sides of any story.
Loretta Bass
Assistant Professor