WHERE HUM­MING­BIRDS DANCE

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - KE

by Susi Prescott.

This is the beau­ti­fully writ­ten, real-life story of a coura­geous teacher and mother who left her com­fort­able life­style and went to the grind­ing poverty of the Peru­vian slums to teach English to the indige­nous chil­dren of a re­mote moun­tain com­mu­nity. Susi and her hus­band cel­e­brated their mu­tual half­cen­turies, pre­fer­ring do­na­tions to the Fred Hol­lows Foun­da­tion rather than gifts: this is who this woman is. Two years later, chil­dren grown up, the cou­ple sep­a­rated and Susi set off. At 60, she cel­e­brated six years in the city of Are­quipa, Peru, work­ing at an English lan­guage in­sti­tute while vol­un­teer teach­ing at the im­pov­er­ished pri­mary school at the foot of the An­des. Un­told joy and the stark real­i­ties of trav­el­ling dart through the pages. But “my right place on earth” shines through in the eyes of the schoolkids.

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