Growing up as a missionary child in West Africa, Carol Claxon Polsgrove was raised to be American, but Yoruba voices filled her days and talking drums her nights. Lifting the veil of stereotypes about missionary life, When We Were Young in Africa offers an intimate account of coming of age at a crossroads of cultures.
Publication date: December 11, 2015
“Part of the legacy of Carol Polsgrove’s childhood is a sense of being between worlds, clearly not African but not fitting in the United States either. Nor is she at home in the evangelizing Christianity of her parents. But in this memoir, brimming with the sounds and smells, the voices and spirits of over sixty years ago, Polsgrove comes to see the unity that links the two continents of her life and, in doing so, to embrace her becoming as it shapes her ongoing.
“When We Were Young in Africa is not just recollection but examination, always thoughtful, often funny, wrestling with issues of racism and social justice, the larger history of which her childhood is a part. Don t miss it!”–George Ella Lyon, Kentucky Poet Laureate (2015-2016), author of Many-Storied House and co-author of Voices from the March on Washington