The Promise: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) (Paperback)

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A beautifully written, and important novel that follows a couple of generations of a white South African land-owning family through four funerals. The family dynamics are complex, and complicated further by a promise that lies unfulfilled, and threatens to tear them all apart. Set in the turbulent time at the end of apartheid, as the country begins to heal, we witness its effect on the family as their old ways crumble. Excellent! — Becky Doherty



On her deathbed, Rachel Swart makes a promise to Salome, the family's Black maid. This promise will divide the family--especially her children: Anton, the golden boy; Astrid, whose beauty is her power; and the youngest, Amor, whose life is shaped by feelings of guilt.

Reunited by four funerals over thirty years, the dwindling Swart family remains haunted by the unmet promise, just as their country is haunted by its own failures. The Promise is an epic South African drama that unfurls against the unrelenting march of history, sure to leave its readers transformed.

"Simply: you must read it."--Claire Messud, Harper's Magazine

★ "This tour-de-force unleashes a searing portrait of a damaged family and a troubled country in need of healing."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781609457440
ISBN-10: 1609457447
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication Date: March 15th, 2022
Pages: 272
Language: English