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Crooked Seeds

Release date: 16 April 2024
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An unsparing yet profoundly beautiful novel' Chigozie Obioma A woman in post-apartheid South Afri... Read More

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An unsparing yet profoundly beautiful novel' Chigozie Obioma

A woman in post-apartheid South Africa confronts her family’s troubling past in this taut and daring novel about national trauma and collective guilt.

Cape Town, 2028. The land cracks from a years-long drought, the nearby mountains threaten to burn, and the queue for the water trucks grows ever longer.

In her crumbling corner of a public housing complex, Deidre van Deventer receives a call from the South African police. Her family home, recently reclaimed by the government, has become the scene of a criminal investigation. The remains of several bodies have just been unearthed from her land, after decades underground. Detectives pepper Deidre with questions: Was your brother a member of a pro-apartheid group in the 1990s? Is it true that he was building bombs as part of a terrorist plot?

Deidre doesn’t know the answers to the detectives’ questions. All she knows is that she was denied―repeatedly―the life she felt she deserved. Overshadowed by her brother, then left behind by her daughter after she emigrated, Deidre must watch over her ageing mother and make do with government help and the fading generosity of her neighbours while the landscape around her grows more and more combustible. As alarming evidence from the investigation continues to surface, and detectives pressure her to share what she knows of her family’s disturbing past, Deidre must finally face her own shattered memories so that something better might emerge for her and her country.

In exquisitely spare prose, Karen Jennings weaves a singularly powerful novel about post-apartheid South Africa. It is an unforgettable, propulsive story of fractured families, collective guilt, the ways we become trapped in prisons of our own making, and how we can begin to break free.

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Product Details

Title: Crooked Seeds
Author: Karen Jennings
Publisher: Picador
SKU: BK0496312
EAN: 9789361135743
Number Of Pages: 240
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 16 April 2024

About Author

Karen Jennings is a South African writer whose novel An Island was longlisted for the Booker Prize. She is a writer-in-residence at the Laboratory for the Economics of Africa’s Past, Stellenbosch University, and is writing a novel to contribute to the project. She was given the K. Sello Duiker Memorial Award in 2021, and has won the Africa Region Prize of the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, and the English section of the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards. Her first novel, Finding Soutbek, was shortlisted for the Etisalat Prize. She holds a postdoctoral fellowship as part of the Biography of an Uncharted People Project through LEAP (Laboratory for the Economics of Africa’s Past) at Stellenbosch University, and has written a novel, The First of December, and a series of short stories to contribute to the project. Travels with my Father, an extraordinary memoir, has been a set University text in South Africa, and been successful in India and the UK. Karen established The Island Prize for unpublished African authors to help them get published globally. Now in its third year the prize has helped authors from all over the continent, with both winners being published in the UK.

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