Newly widowed and on the threshold of seventy, Lizzie Warton questions the value of her remaining years. Uncharacteristically, she decides for the first time in her life to do what she wants, instead of what everyone expects.
Against the wishes of family and friends, she sets out for Africa to work at a Ugandan middle school. When she lands at night in the Entebbe airport, her hosts are not there to meet her. Near panic, she hires a local taxi. The driver drugs her, steals everything, and dumps her body in a slum. Waking in the dark, she feels someone tugging off her shoes.
Without money, a passport, clothes, or medications, Lizzie is forced to start over and find a way to survive. Soon she learns that nothing in Africa is as it appears. The grind of daily life in the third-world is beyond anything Lizzie imagined. Nevertheless, encouraged by budding friendships in surprising places, and against every sensible instinct she’s ever developed, Lizzie’s own search for meaning becomes the grand adventure of a lifetime.
Praise for Still Breathing
"Empowering. Heartwarming. Poignant. STILL BREATHING from author E.A. Fournier is an inspired contemporary tale
of a mature widow who, much to the shock of her adult children in America's heartland, comes of age on the far side of the globe. In this elegantly crafted story, two women and their respective cultures collide and then bond as they strive to create
a library for deserving Ugandan school children. Terrorist bombings, startling alliances, third world corruption, cultural complexities, and the discovery of one's own grit in the face of adversity results in a roller coaster ride for readers. A
brilliant and deeply satisfying novel."
Laura Taylor, 6-Time Romantic Times Award Winner
"I have been fed, nourished and cared for in important ways. STILL BREATHING is a wonderful work...really wonderful. I know I'm more emotional than your average bear, but I laughed and wept throughout. I was glued to every page, and I
want more. It is good, really, really good in a BIG way."
Hedges Capers, playwright, "The Geeze & Me," Rag Lady Productions
"The fast pace of the first few chapters really sucked me into the book; I could hardly put it down. It seemed there was
a new unexpected event at every turn. I would highly recommend STILL BREATHING to my friends. The author should
start writing a sequel NOW!"
Bernadette Bowden, Professional Educator, MN
"I had forgotten just how enjoyable reading could be - to be transported! Lizzie and her African family became my own friends that I hated to see go. I was left wanting to know more about their lives. Truly an enjoyable experience."
Diane C, Long Beach, CA
"This is a magnificent book, a bridge between life and death and dreams--and a call to action to bless the world. Vibrant,
ringing truth. Brilliantly written. Poignant and self-possessed. Mr. Fournier's book will change your life."
PJ Colando, author of the award-winning Faith, Family, Frenzy series