The heart of Africa is a different world, and the heart of an African American can quickly lose its way. But Kwame, hoping one last assignment will make him ready for real American life (with a real American wife awaiting his proposal), is determined to find his soul without losing his heart. He finds jungle, dust, spike-headed girls selling their bodies for a pittance, a stranger who knows too much and too little, and a missing employer who hasn't even unpacked the books and movies yet. Kwame's job is to open a library and teach the world, specifically this small part of the world, about America. Kwame's dream is to find his identity and get safely married. And Kwame's reality is by turn scary and zany, filled with temptation and compassion, and suddenly broken by war. Putting the broken pieces back together, revealing himself to himself and others, and forging a path to the future, Kwame's story might be set in the Uttermost Parts of the Earth, but it carries an immediate relevance to the Western world in the present day, where too often we think we know what we don't, we choose the wrong "best" for others and ourselves, and we fail to listen and see. Humanity can be dark and cruel, where African or American, and perhaps the gift is to see both sides of ourselves. The Uttermost Parts of the Earth is sensual, ridiculous, riotously funny, frightening, lyrical, awesomely beautiful and ugly, fascinating, and not an easy read. But it's highly recommended. Disclosure: I was given a preview edition by the publisher and I offer my honest review.