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Set on the border between South Africa and an unnamed neighboring country in the 1970s, A Blade of Grass is a suspenseful novel about a bitter struggle over a small farm and its dramatic consequences for two women, one white and one black.
The story centers on Marit Laurens, a young woman of British descent, recently orphaned and newly wed, who comes to live with her husband, Ben, on their newly purchased farm. Shortly after her arrival, violence strikes at the heart of Marit's world, leaving her alone and isolated. Devastated, confused, but determined to run the farm on her own, Marit finds herself in a simmering tug of war between the local Afrikaner community that surrounds the farm and the black workers who live on it, both vying for control over the land in the wake of tragedy.
Marit's only supporter is her black housekeeper, Tembi, who, like Marit, is alone in the world. The women are determined to hold on to the farm, but the quietly encroaching civil war brings out conflicting loyalties that turn the fight for the farm into a fight for their lives.
A Blade of Grass is a wrenching story of friendship and betrayal and of the trauma of the land that has shaped post-colonial Africa. Thrilling to read and morally complex in its message, it offers a fresh, profound, and emotionally immediate perspective on what it means to be black or white in a country where both races live and feel entitlement.
Title: A Blade of Grass: A Novel
Categories: BOV - Fiction,
Publisher: Ecco: 2003
ISBN Number: 0060554266
ISBN Number 13: 9780060554262
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Good
Category: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: IM102670