"Part travelogue, part history, part memoir, Rebecca Haile's Held at a Distance shines a bright and unique light on Ethiopia....as rich and nuanced a portrait of her native land as I have seen."

-- Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University

When I finally had the chance to return to Ethiopia after living in the United States for twenty-five years, I went with mixed emotions. I was excited, naturally, to visit my birthplace, but I was also nervous about returning to the country my family had fled when I was eleven. Was I going "home", or would I, as the American I have since become, be an uncomfortable outsider?

 


Thanks in large part to the welcome of my extended family, I returned from the trip with a renewed sense of connection to Ethiopia. In the course of my stay, I rediscovered and explored a complex, beautiful and troubled country. And as I wrote in Held at a Distance, which came out of that trip, I learned that "society is not static, and that the work of belonging does not rest on my shoulders alone."

I invite you to share in my experience of Ethiopia through this website and the book.

You can read excerpts and reviews, read or listen to author interviews, and take a look at some photographs, including many from the trip that I couldn't include in the book.

You can also find links to good resources and sites on Ethiopia, and check out some of my other work.

And you can leave a comment - I'd love to hear from you.

 
 
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Excerpts
"I want the two of you to pack some clothes tonight because this weekend we're going to drive to more

Reviews
"A riveting and personal look at a nation still in turmoil." - Booklist more

Ethiopia
Photographs of Ethiopia. more

The Engineer
Photographs of ‘The Engineer,’ my Uncle Tadesse, and his work. more

My Family
Photographs of my family, in Ethiopia and in the United States. more
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