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The Existence of Pity
The Existence of Pity
The Existence of Pity
Audiobook8 hours

The Existence of Pity

Written by Jeannie Zokan

Narrated by Maria Liatis

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

Growing up in a lush valley in the Andes mountains, sixteen-year-old Josie Wales is mostly isolated from the turbulence brewing in 1976 Colombia. As the daughter of missionaries, Josie feels torn between their beliefs and the need to choose for herself. She soon begins to hide things from her parents, like her new boyfriend and her explorations into different religions.

Josie eventually discovers her parents’ secrets are far more insidious. When she attempts to unravel the web of lies surrounding her family, each thread stretches to its breaking point. Josie tries to save her family, but what happens if they don’t want to be saved?

The Existence of Pity is a story of flawed characters told with heart and depth against the beautiful backdrop of Colombia.

Editor's Note

Coming to terms…

This is a coming-of-age story about Josie, a teenager living with her family of Baptist missionaries in Cali, Colombia. Josie’s parents fight against her desire to explore a lifestyle outside their religion, but Josie soon learns they have secrets of their own. “The Existence of Pity” explores hypocrisy, colonialism, and coming to terms with the mistakes of our parents.

PublisherScribd Audio
Release dateApr 19, 2022
The Existence of Pity

Jeannie Zokan

Jeannie Zokan grew up in Colombia, South America where she read almost every book in the American school she attended. Her love of books led her to study Library Science at Baylor University then to attend The George Washington University in DC. When the chance came to head south, she took her motorcycle to Florida’s Gulf Coast to write stories for the local newspaper. She now lives ten minutes from the beach with her husband, two teenage daughters, and three pets, all of whom keep her inspired and just a little frantic. She enjoys aerial yoga, tennis, and holding NICU babies as a volunteer. But there’s always writing. Writing to relive, writing to understand, writing to remember, writing to renew.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    A enjoyable, nice slow read. I will read more from this author.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    This book was overly descriptive in an unnecessary way. I felt like the plot just up and ended abruptly; I felt confused when ten minutes were left because I wasn’t sure how it was going to end. The logic of parents trusting the boy and not the girl made sense - very common in evangelical culture. Hearing at the end that the author’s parents are not like the ones in this book was annoying because I thought I was listening to a memoir and it turned out to be fiction I guess.

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