Tizita (The Fleur Trilogy Book 2)
Sharon Heath, author
Physics wunderkind Fleur Robins, just a little odd and more familiar with multiple universes than complicated affairs of the heart, is cast adrift when her project to address the climate crisis is stalled. Worse still, her Ethiopian-born fiancé Assefa takes off right after her 21st birthday party to track down his father, who’s gone missing investigating Ethiopian claims to the Ark of the Covenant. Fleur is left to contend with the puzzle of parallel worlds, an awkward admirer, and her best friend Sammie’s entanglement with an abusive boyfriend. Assefa’s reconnection with a childhood sweetheart leads Fleur to seek consolation at Jane Goodall’s Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve, but it’s through a bumbling encounter with her rival that the many worlds of Fleur’s life begin to come together. In the experience of tizita—the interplay of memory, loss, and longing—Fleur is flung into conflicts between science and religion, race and privilege, climate danger and denial, sex and love. With humor, whimsy, and the clumsiness and grace of innocence, Fleur feels her way through the narrow alleyway between hope and despair to her heart’s sweetest home.
Heath (The History of My Body) continues the story of fictional young Nobel laureate Fleur Robins as she pursues matters of the heart as well as her cutting-edge physics research, while facing challenging social interactions. Fleur’s 21st birthday celebration is also her send-off for her fiancé, Assefa Berhanu, who is returning the following day to his native Ethiopia in search of his missing father. At Caltech, Fleur and her research team discuss possible avenues to harness the “dark matter within all living organisms” to transport people by means of “the principle of dematerialization.” After finding his father, Assefa remains in remote Ethiopia to reconnect with the beautiful Makeda Geteye, whom he knew as a child and who is now part of a team running a home for children orphaned by AIDS. Meanwhile, Fleur deals with the crush that a new research assistant has on her, Assefa’s sudden physical and emotional distance, a neighborhood squabble, and some medical issues. With so much going on, this could feel overstuffed, but Heath’s adroit writing makes Fleur’s remarkable life consistently captivating. (BookLife)