This book is the story of a young, newly married American couple’s adventures in the Peace Corps, first as teachers, then as rural development workers, in the Gemu Gofa province of Ethiopia.
The story unfolds in the form of letters from Brad and Sue Coady to their families in the United States. This form adds an immediacy to the events described, for it conveys to the reader a sense of being there as the events take place. Suspense is spontaneously present also, as the couple, from letter to letter, awaits news or upcoming events, or packages from home.
One letter in particular relates a “typical” day in their lives as schoolteachers in Felege Newey, the “city” to which the couple was assigned. But all of the letters, many of which have to do with vacation excursions—to Addis Ababa, to a distant mountain village to visit a mission, to the ancient City of Gondar—and mountain hikes taken just for the pleasure of viewing the beauty of the surrounding countryside, convince us that a really “typical” day could be made up of almost any kind of excitement.
But perhaps what is most interesting about this book is to be found in the ceaseless efforts of Brad and Sue in their daily agricultural pursuits, first in their own’ backyard, then in the “Shofite Agricultural Project,” which they conceived and developed as a means of demonstrating to the local people what could be done to improve their lot through the application of intelligence, hard work, and resourcefulness.
(source: front & back flap of the dustjacket)
About the Author
Irma B. Grigg, who resides in Quincy, Massachusetts, a ship building city south of Boston, was born in Prince Edward Island, Canada. After attending local schools, she worked in various secretarial and administrative positions in business and public education. She is the mother of three children; a music director who lives in Ohio, a professor of physiology, and the distaff member of this book’s subject.