By Judy Reene Singer

From the writer of nonetheless existence with Elephant comes the tale of 1 lady and her quest to avoid wasting an imposing animal. After a 12 months spent taking good care of child elephants in Africa, Neelie Sterling is getting ready to come back to the States and a existence packed with exes—ex-boyfriend, ex-husband, ex-house, ex-horse. yet she is forsaking a few unfinished enterprise in Zimbabwe: a really detailed elephant precise for execution. With the aid of her new pal Diamond-Rose Tremaine, an eccentric safari operator, Neelie manages to shop for a while for the imperiled pachyderm, figuring out that after she lands in manhattan they are going to have to increase money for his rescue. as soon as they are domestic, every thing turns into a fight. Neelie and Diamond-Rose now needs to relearn the right way to live to tell the tale in an city jungle of desk manners and actual beds whereas dealing with the overbearing affections of Neelie's kinfolk. tougher nonetheless, Neelie desperately wishes the aid of her prosperous conservationist ex-boyfriend, Tom, to avoid wasting the exceptional creature—and swallowing her delight simply should be the largest problem of all.

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It’s a good sign for our visit,” she yelled into my ear. ” I couldn’t answer her. There were no words left to me. I had been unfastened somehow, undone, changed all the way through, and I knew there would be no turning away from it. ” I ASKED a large woman in traditional dress and head scarf, who was sitting on the curb, eating pieces of grapefruit. Diamond and I had just returned from Victoria Falls to its namesake town, and were hoping to leave fairly soon for Charara. ” “‘Bus stop,’” Diamond translated for me.

The guide slowly approached the huge animal and faced him under the light, standing just a few feet away. He braced his shoulders for courage and stood on his toes to clap his hands in the elephant’s face. ” he shouted. ” The elephant calmly backed up, his face composed, blinking his eyes to show he would have a sense of humor about it all. He rolled his head from side to side as though to apologize for the ruckus and any trouble he might have caused, and stepping back, back, disappeared into the night with not even the rustle of a leaf.

The restaurant was crowded, and it felt odd to be sitting at a real table after a year squatting next to baby elephants. People were chatting softly, daintily blotting their lips, and using all their utensils. No one got smacked in the head for stealing from another’s plate. No one threw their food on their back and shoulders. I was going to have to get used to good manners again. Diamond and I finished our dinners and still had a long time before our plane left for Victoria Falls. It was scheduled to leave around ten or noon or never.

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