riveting and personal look at a nation still in turmoil." - Booklist
"An engaging read...provides a compelling face to the story of Ethiopia
"A personal and intelligent story
a slim volume whose chapters are each like a breath of fresh air in their
honesty and clarity. What I loved about Haile's narrative was her fearless
assessing of her own sense of self, of character and personhood and identity....
Haile stares in the face what it means to her to be Ethiopian, contrasted
with what it means to have been Ethiopian."
Perceptive Travel Blog
"A clear-eyed look at her lost homeland. Well written, in places
very moving, sad, and amusing." - John Coyne, Peace
Corps Writers Blog
"Remarkable story-telling...vivid and engaging. Held at a Distance
.. is a book that will force Ethiopians to ask numerous questions that
they have forgotten to ask." - Samuel Kinde, MediaEthiopia.com
"Illuminates the true Ethiopia." -
"Haile searches for
a sense of home, explores the history of her country of birth, and often
ventures down the slippery slope of identity. She is a sure and constant
tour guide through these complicated landscapes."
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Held at a Distance is a
great accomplishment. It is a triumphant and hopeful memoir."
- Ayele Bekerie, Meskot.com
"Haile provides readers with a valuable inside story on 'otherness'
at a time when cross-cultural encounters
are frequent but not always
marked by understanding." - Minnesota Literature
Black Book Network 2007 Editors Choice
Finalist, 2007 ForeWord Magazine Best Book Awards, Autobiography/Memoir
2008 Summer Reading List, New York, Brooklyn and Queens Public Libraries