The Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith
On the map you will find Botswana north of South Africa and west of Zimbabwe. It is characterized by big skies and the Kalahari desert and the Limpopo River, and by the abiding respect shown by its inhabitants, who belong for the most part to the Tswana ethnic group, for the owning and raising of cattle.
Obed Ramotswe, a good and decent man, has invested in cattle the money earned from long, difficult, and dangerous years in the gold and diamond mines of South Africa. This insures the security of his beloved daughter Precious, upon whom his affection has focused after the death of his wife. He urges Precious to make good use of this estate, perhaps selling a few head to start a business she can manage in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital.
About the Author
Roger Kaplan has written widely on French politics and on Algeria’s Islamist insurgency of the 1990’s.