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In 1977, Kathy Eldon moved with her husband and two children from England to Kenya, where she found freedom as she had never known it before and was ready to push back from her old, restrictive life. Diving into this tumultuous new world as a journalist and writer, she embraced the energy and creativity of Kenyans, both black and white. But her world collapsed when her twenty-two-year-old son, Dan – an artist and photojournalist on assignment for Reuters – was stoned to death by an angry mob in Somalia, killed by the very people he was trying to help. Kathy’s journey through this tragic loss was deeply spiritual as she discovered that, in many ways, Dan was still ever-present in her life.
This gripping international saga includes a passionate love, a dangerous coup in Kenya, and a compelling glimpse into a woman on the brink of self-discovery. After her son’s murder, Eldon began to publish his art, which gained popularity worldwide and – together with her daughter, Amy – launched a global foundation celebrating Dan’s work as a creative activist. Throughout Eldon’s exploration of profound tragedy, we find the secrets to not only surviving, but being truly, gloriously alive.
What People are Saying about Kathy:
“Kathy Eldon is a powerhouse who has turned her own personal tragedy into a megablast of creative energy and vision. She believes everyone can be a force for positive change as long as they do what they do… with conviction.“
– Christiane Amanpour, journalist and television host
“Kathy Eldon has written the kind of personal memoir that captures – in exquisite, emotionally charged detail – a life of adventure, love, loss, and ultimate redemption through creativity and activism. The story of her search for meaning challenges our beliefs and opens our hearts to new possibilities.“
– Pat Mitchell, The Paley Center for Media
“Kathy inspires women to believe that they can do more than simply survive; they can thrive and passionately create the lives of their choice.“
– Rosie O’Donnell, comedian, actress, and author
“Kathy Eldon’s courage to live in the heart of life, with all of its tragedies and joys, inspires all of us to live more soulfully, honestly, and passionately. By following her soul’s longings, she finds herself again and again turning her pain into compassion and her frailties and failures into gifts. Her life is the true definition of a ‘hero’s journey.’“
– Maria Bello, actor and activisit
“Kathy Eldon has made something profoundly inspiring out of the unthinkably heartbreaking. A memoir of breathtaking honesty; a mother’s heart-song to her children; an elegy for her wild and inspiring son; a testimony to what it is to be fiercely engaged in the world; a love story to East Africa; a spiritual odyssey.“
– Alexandra Fuller, author of Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight and Scribbling the Cat