Melissa Greene is a journalist who writes with the lyricism of a poet and the skill of a novelist Her writing is characterized by a genuine love of whom and what she is writing about as well as a genuine love for the act of writing itself. This is a rare combination and the result is a rare reading experience Washington Post Book World What Greene has written is political history of a rare kind. New Yorker on Praying for Sheetrock This book is as illuminating as it is shocking. New York Times on The Temple Bombing
In a tin-walled compound outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a middle-class woman named Haregewoin Teferra suffers terrible personal losses. In grief, she turns to the church, and is presented with two orphans and asked to house them. Haregewoin agrees. Once she opens her gate, she never manages to close it again. Here is a woman who does not run away from HIV-positive and AIDS-orphaned children, brought to her on foot, by bus or by donkey cart. There are over a million AIDS orphans in Ethiopia; There Is No Me Without You
tells a few of their remarkable stories through the eyes of a woman whose own life has been altered by them.