What does it take to know oneself? To fully realize one’s life dream?
There are those who dream and have the courage to take the first steps past the threshold of familiarity. Their stories are etched on the avenues we dare to traverse. The Cape to Cairo road is where I, a black female soul searcher faced my greatest trial in confronting the fear of losing my mother to cancer, trying to keep old love alive, and make my childhood dream come true.
In this first travel memoir about Africa written by an African woman, Abyssinian Nomad tells the year in her life when Maskarm traversed the continent from Cape Town to Cairo, entrusting her safety to strangers, experiencing the incredible places that she’d been dreaming about since she was a girl. Her African heritage gives her a unique perspective, some encounters are overflowing with the kindness of strangers, and fortunate strokes of serendipity, whilst other dealings are terrifyingly dangerous. All this was experienced while navigating the grief of her mother’s battle with breast cancer, and relationships breaking down, which Maskarm discusses with a rare authentic honesty and openness.