Michael Fine, M.D., will talk about his novel Abundance, set in West Africa, and the challenges of providing health care in the developing world.
Michael Fine, MD has been an advocate for communities, healthcare reform and the care of under-served populations worldwide for 40 years.
His career as a community organizer and family physician has led him to some of the poorest places in the United States, as well as dangerous, war-ravaged communities in third-world countries.
Liberia, a nation of four to four and a half million people in West Africa, is about the same size as the US state of Tennessee. It is a place of many languages and many communities.
In 1989, Liberia entered a long period of brutal civil wars, which lasted until 2003. The years between 1989 and 2003 were years of unimaginable cruelty in Liberia, years of murder, rape, dismemberment, and chaos.
Two young Americans go to Liberia in 2003, looking to find something missing in themselves. They find one another, are separated by war, and then struggle to find one another again. Abundance is the story of that struggle, but also about what’s missing in America, about starvation in the midst of plenty and about our struggle to be one people despite the many temptations that pull us apart.