Novel set early 20th Century, mainly in NEW YORK
Era(s): 6 December 2013
6 December 2013. Johannesburg.
Gin has returned home from New York to throw a party for her mother’s eightieth birthday; a few blocks away, at the Residence, Nelson Mandela’s family prepare to announce Tata’s death…
So begins Johannesburg, Fiona Melrose’s searing second novel.
An irascible mother, an anxious daughter trying to negotiate her birthplace and her past, her former lover, their domestic workers, a homeless hunchback fighting for justice, a mining magnate, a troubled novelist called Virginia – these are the characters who give voice to the city on a day hot with nerves and tension and history.
Set across the course of a single day – that of Nelson Mandela’s death – Melrose’s second novel is a hymn to an extraordinary city and its people, an ambitious homage to Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, and a devastating personal and political manifesto on love.
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