By A.J. Walkley
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Malawian tradition prevents men from considering a child their own until it has survived for two weeks. Frustrated at not being able to speak to her husband, Solomon, about all three of the children she’s had to bury alone, Vuto forces him to acknowledge the dead baby. Her rejection of tradition causes Solomon and the village elders to banish Vuto from the only home she’s ever known. She seeks refuge in the hut of U.S. Peace Corps volunteer Samantha Brennan, where Solomon discovers his wife has not left as she was told.
When Solomon arrives in the night to attack Vuto, Samantha disregards her oath to remain uninvolved in village politics and interjects herself into the center of the conflict, defending Vuto and killing Solomon in the process.
The women go on the run from Vuto’s village and the Peace Corps, encountering physical, ethical and cultural struggles along the way.
Author A.J. Walkley
Born and raised in Connecticut, A.J. Walkley spent time as a health volunteer in Malawi, Africa, with the U.S. Peace Corps after graduating from Dickinson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature in 2007. She currently writes and blogs for The Huffington Post and has three novels to her name: Choice (2009), Queer Greer (2012) and Vuto (2013).