By the Grace of God
A True Story of Love, Family, War and Survival from the Congo
by Suruba Ibumando Georgette Wechsler
with Howell Wechsler
This searing drama of a family's and a nation's fate is set in the turbulent atmospheres of the Congo and America. It tells the remarkable, forty-year saga of a courageous family's miraculous survival during two devastating civil wars, the brutal rise and fall of the tyrant Mobutu and a desperate trek to safety.
Georgette, who tells the story, is a free-spirited tomboy with an inquisitive mind who makes her way to a new life in America. Josée, her responsible older sister, stays in the Congo and faces the latest oppressor, AIDS. Their father, Benoit, son of the village chief, raises his daughters to believe in equality and to cherish education and freedom in a country wracked by intolerance, corruption and the oppression of women. This moving true account tells their story.
"These are stories no outsider could tell. Because she
has been a witness to a promise of freedom and social change that
turned into the rot of tyranny, Wechsler's experiences are worth
pondering. Here too are small delights of language and culture. Most
poignant is the portrait of her father...refreshing in the era of the
— Washington Post
"A riveting memoir."
— Jewish Times
*Featured in the Washington Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Jewish Times
Suruba Georgette Ibumando Wechsler and Howell Wechsler met and married in the United States, but their common bond was Zaire - the country where she was born and raised and the place where he worked as a Peace Corps volunteer. Suruba studied English and African Literature in Zaire, and went on to complete her masters in Business Administration from Mercer University in Georgia. She and Howell live in Atlanta with their two children and her sister Josée's three children, whom they adopted after her Josée's death.
A New Horizon Press Release
6 x 9, 348 pages
LC# 98-66170, world rights
ISBN: 0-88282-165-2 (hc), $24.95