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.
Grahamstown, South Africa. It is the 1990s, the height of political unrest. This is the bittersweet story of two people whose lives intertwine without them ever knowing each other â€“ one a heavy-drinking white man and the other the young daughter of a black activist.
Reuben Cohen van Tonderâ€™s battle with unresolved grief and his search for hidden peace and Vita Mbuliâ€™s innocent resolve to remove the bad luck which has troubled her family for generations, climax together in a wondrous resolution of personal and national triumph.
The harsh and brutal realities of South Africaâ€™s past with its raw and sore racism, are brilliantly interlaced with enchantment, tenderness, forgiveness and hope.
|Publication date:||2nd April 2007|
|Publisher:||Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Primary Genre||Historical fiction|
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.More About Patricia Schonstein