Peter Chilson’s fiction debut delivers a fascinating, heart-wrenching view of modern African culture, filtered through the lens of the West. In a novella and four short stories, Chilson, who traveled to Africa first as a Peace Corps volunteer and later as a freelance journalist, uses a phrase borrowed from biology to point out how our “disturbance-loving species” thrives in the most chaotic, seemingly unlivable situations. As this remarkable collection explores the experiences of Americans struggling to cope with the political and social upheaval of life in Africa and of Africans acclimating to life in the United States, Chilson captures in vivid detail the strange, exhilarating frisson between cultures.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - klburnside - LibraryThing
Disturbance-Loving Species is a collection that contains a novella and several short stories. All of the stories take place in either West Africa or America and have characters from both cultures ... Read full review
Review: Disturbance-Loving SpeciesUser Review - Goodreads
Whew, what a set of great stories. I loved the one that opens with an African soil scientist cooking a goat head behind the lilacs in the back yard of his apartment in somewhere very much like La ... Read full review