Author Patricia K. Polewski Tells a Story of Courage, Resilience and Victory in New Book

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‘Zanzibar Kwa Heri’: Escaping a Future Life of Misery

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I began to write the book because of the pity I felt for the Christian girls of Tanzania.

“Zanzibar Kwa Heri” (published by Trafford Publishing) by Patricia K. Polewski is an adventure novel that relates the hardships that Asian Indians face in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Polewski tells the story of Melissa and her escape from Zanzibar. This 17-year-old loses her parents to the Revolution of 1964 and is cared for by her cousin. Without work and without the 56000 shillings needed to escape from Zanzibar, Melissa’s future seems doomed.

After searching in vain for a job she bumps into Saidi, a man well-known to her parents and who realizes the need for her to escape Tanzania, or else be married off to a man twice her age and who may already have a wife or two. Melissa’s journey to freedom is ridden with danger as she is blackmailed, bitten by a snake, survives murder attempts and witnesses the massacre of her uncle’s family. The couple’s freedom is short-lived as Idi Amin takes over their country of refuge and they are forced to flee again, this time, to Australia.

“I began to write the book because of the pity I felt for the Christian girls of Tanzania,” says Polewski. The characters of the book are fictional. The events are based on extensive reading of the East African Standard newspaper and conversations with Indian fathers and boyfriends leading up to the events portrayed in the book. “Real names have not been used, but real events have,” reveals Polewski.

“Zanzibar Kwa Heri”
By Patricia K. Polewski
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 224 pages | ISBN 9781425103606
E-Book |224 pages | ISBN 9781426980114
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Patricia K Polewski spent the first 18 years of her life in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan earning her B.A. from La Universidad de las Americas, Mexico City, and her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has taught in Texas, Michigan and Wisconsin and has worked for Bennett of Michigan in the House of Representatives and in the American Foreign Service. She, along with her husband and four children, spent two years in Tanzania between 1968 and 1970 and that is where her book “Zanzibar Kwe Heri” began. She is also the author of “Faraway Rivers” and “Coral Reef at Midnight.”

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