My Heart Is Not My Own

August 6, 2013|
My Heart Is Not My Own by Michael Wuitchik
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Dr. John Rourke is haunted by his days as a relief doctor in West Africa. In the 1990s, in the midst of a civil war, he provided medical attention and supplies to the people of Sierra Leone. He befriended a local nurse named Mariama Lahai and a doctor named Momodu, but lost contact when the conflict escalated to conflagration. His last memory of Sierra Leone is of Mariama delivering a beautiful baby girl to a tortured, mutilated mother just before armed rebels take the hospital.

Now living in Vancouver and happily married to Nadia, who is expecting their first child, John is thrust back into the horrors of the past by the arrival of a package from Sierra Leone. He realizes that before he can commit to his future, he’ll have to confront his conscience and the pain of his past. He embarks upon a journey that takes him back into Mariama’s world of child soldiers, bush-wives, and African secret societies.

My Heart Is Not My Own is a story of love, courage, and resilience that is brought to life through the powerful voice of Mariama.

MICHAEL WUITCHIK is a retired Canadian psychologist who has done relief work in Sierra Leone. He continues to commit to community aid projects in his adopted African village, Sumbuya, and blogs about his experiences at He attended the University of British Columbia, the University of Guelph, and the Universi...
Title:My Heart Is Not My OwnFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:384 pages, 8.98 X 6.16 X 0.99 inShipping dimensions:384 pages, 8.98 X 6.16 X 0.99 inPublished:August 6, 2013Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143187988

ISBN - 13:9780143187981

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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