Patricia Schonstein grew up in Zimbabwe and now lives in South Africa. Her first novel SKYLINE won the Percy FitzPatrick Prize 2002, was long-listed for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award 2002 and came second in the South African SUNDAY TIMES Literary Award for Fiction 2001. She has a masters degree in creative writing from the University of Cape Town.
South Africa in the 1990s, political unrest and opposition to apartheid form the core here but the novel is so steeped in history I must recommend it to all lovers of historical fiction as well as those who appreciate a powerful, well-written, human tale. It follows two families, one black, one white, unknowingly linked and it is simply beautiful. Hard-hitting, authentic, distressing and unexpectedly touching, it is a â€˜must readâ€™ gem.Similar this month: None but try Niala Maharaj.Comparison: Joanne Harris, Isabel Allende, Laura Esquival.