Susi Prescott had it all. A large, busy family, a school teaching job she loved, a home on Sydney’s leafy North Shore. But with the sudden demise of her thirty-year marriage, her world crumbles.
To the surprise of everyone, especially herself, Susi makes a momentous decision. She packs up her former life and moves to the city of Arequipa in Peru, where she starts working at Colegio Elohim, a struggling school at the foot of the Andes. She plans to reinvent herself, to do some good, to heal.
Arequipa teases with contrasts: colonial elegance ringed by sprawling slums; worldly affluence alongside grinding poverty; intellectuals decrying corruption and sexism; while the joy of song and dance transcends all barriers. Susi learns valuable lessons about hardship and injustice; about turning disaster into opportunity; about the nature of conflict and forgiveness. She may even learn how to fall in love again …
Praise for Where Hummingbirds Dance by Susi Prescott
‘Courageous, beautifully written, understated … a book that remains with you, and an inspiration for women of all ages to pursue their dreams and create some hope in a world of conflict.’ award-winning author Susanne Gervay
‘Susi Prescott has a unique, surprising and discerning eye. Her companionable honesty, her joy, and her spirited discourse make for much learning and laughter.’ Janet Fennell, author, writing teacher, librarian
‘A balanced view of a brave and generous woman immersed in the reality of Peru’s underprivileged. Compassionate, funny and exciting.’ Patricia Roberts, renowned poet and Tai Chi instructor