Ada's Room: A Novel
General fiction, Multi-cultural fiction, Serious and literary fiction
Synthetic audio, Automated braille
A kaleidoscopic novel spanning generations and continents, that reveals the connections between four women in their struggle for survival.A woman in 15th century West Africa named Ada buries her child and confronts a Portuguese enslaver. A woman in Victorian England… named Ada Lovelace, a mathematical genius and computer programming pioneer, tries to hide her affair with Charles Dickens from her husband. A woman named Ada, imprisoned in a concentration camp at Mittelbau-Dora in 1945, will survive one more day in enforced prostitution. Connected by an unknown but sentient spirit, and a bracelet of fertility beads that each Ada encounters at a pivotal moment in her life, these women share a name and a purpose.As their interwoven narratives converge on a modern day Ada, a young Ghanaian woman who finds herself pregnant, alone, in Berlin, searching for a home before her baby arrives, their shared spirit will find a way to help her break the vicious cycle of injustice.This novel is a feat of imagination and breaks down simplistic notions of history as a straight line; one woman&’s experience matters to another&’s 400 years later, on a different continent. In this deeply moving, at times mordantly funny, ultimately hopeful book, there is a connection between all those fighting for love, for family, for justice, for a home.