This is a true story of living and learning - being confused and comforted - with the excluded Ashkali people of Kosovo; an account of the challenges and delights of what happens when you find your community but it's a long way from home.
Hatemja, a rubbish-picker's wife, lives in the poorest community in the poorest country in Europe. When Elizabeth Gowing is befriended by her, the women learn with, from and about one another. How can you find the best rubbish pastures for scavenging? How can you free children to go to school rather than to go out begging? How do you then convince the local school to accept them? Can mayonnaise deal with headlice? How best to teach the 36 letters of the Albanian alphabet? How would Facebook help evacuate a family from a rat-infested hovel? How do you make baklava? And through it all, how do you maintain a precious friendship that's helped you find out the best you can be?
Prishtina Insight newspaper calls the book a 'powerful narrative' and says 'it reveals that any one of us who has both a heart and a head, as well as a strong supply of determination, can actually change the world'. The Church Times calls it 'interesting and inspiring...lively and conversational'. The Central and Eastern European Review calls it 'enthrallingly written' and 'vivid'. Read an interview with Elizabeth about the book in the Western Morning News
or read the five-star review in The Lady magazine In Albanian there's a TV interview here - ne gjuhen shqipe nje interviste ne emision te KTV-se