• Jennifer Haupt
  • April 2, 2018
  • Fiction | 384pp
  • Trade Paper  978-1-77168-133-9  $15.95
  • Ebook  978-1-77168-134-6  $7.99
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In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills

In 1968, a disillusioned and heartbroken Lillian Carlson left Atlanta after the assassination of Martin Luther King. She found meaning in the hearts of orphaned African children and cobbled together her own small orphanage in the Rift Valley alongside the lush forests of Rwanda.

Three decades later, in New York City, Rachel Shepherd, lost and heartbroken herself, embarks on a journey to find the father who abandoned her as a young child, determined to solve the enigma of Henry Shepherd, a now-famous photographer.

When an online search turns up a clue to his whereabouts, Rachel travels to Rwanda to connect with an unsuspecting and uncooperative Lillian. While Rachel tries to unravel the mystery of her father’s disappearance, she finds unexpected allies in an ex-pat doctor running from his past and a young Tutsi woman who lived through a profound experience alongside her father.

Set against the backdrop of a country grieving and trying to heal after a devastating civil war, follow the intertwining stories of three women who discover something unexpected: grace when there can be no forgiveness.

An evocative page-turner and an eye-opening meditation on the ways we survive profoundly painful memories and negotiate the complexities of love.”
Wally Lamb, author of I Know This Much is True


  • “An intensely beautiful debut.” — Library Journal
  • Finalist – National Reading Group — Great Group Reads 2018
  • Finalist – Foreword Indies Book of the Year
  • “Good choice for those seeking tales of hope . . . and it may prove popular with book clubs.” — Booklist