Manchester - Richard Mason - "Who Killed Piet Barol?"

Event date: 
Friday, February 17, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
4869 Main St
Manchester Center, VT 05255

Join us for an evening with author Richard Mason as he presents his newest novel Who Killed Piet Barol?

A haunting, gloriously imagined novel by the acclaimed author of History of a Pleasure Seeker ( a classic The Washington Post), set in early twentieth-century colonial Cape Town, and a forest full of witch doctors, stingless bees, and hungry leopards. It is 1914. Germany has just declared war on France. Piet Barol was a tutor before he came to South Africa, his wife, Stacey, an opera singer. In Cape Town they are living the high life, impersonating French aristocrats but their lies are catching up with them. The Barols furniture business is on the verge of collapse. They need top-quality wood, and they need it cheap. Piet enlists two Xhosa pron. KO-sa] men to lead him into a vast forest, in search of a fabled tree. The Natives Land Act has just abolished property rights for the majority of black South Africans, and whole families have been ripped apart. Piet's guides have their own reasons to lead him through the trees, and to keep him alive while he's useful to them. Far from the comforting certainties of his privileged existence, Piet finds the prospect of riches beyond measure and the chance to make great art. He is sure he ll be able to buy what he needs for a few glass trinkets. But he's underestimating the Xhosa, who believe the spirits of their ancestors live in this sacred forest. Battle lines are drawn. When Piet's powers of persuasion fail him, he resorts to darker, more dangerous talents to get what he is determined to have. As the story moves to its devastating conclusion, every character becomes a suspect, and Piet's arrogance and guile put him on a collision course with forces he cannot understand and that threaten his seemingly enchanted existence.

About the Author

Richard Mason is the author of four novels: The Drowning People (winner of Italy's Grinzane Cavour prize for Best First Novel), Us, Natural Elements (longlisted for the IMPAC and Sunday Times Literary Award), and History of a Pleasure Seeker ("A gorgeous confection"--The New York Times), longlisted for the Sunday Times Literary Award and shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award. History of a Pleasure Seeker is currently in development as a TV series, produced by Oscar winner Alison Owen and directed by BAFTA-winning Philippa Lowthorpe. Mason lives in London and Glasgow

Who Killed Piet Barol? Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385352888
Availability: In Stock, Click Title for Location
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - January 24th, 2017

Northshire Manchester Store

Northshire Manchester
4869 Main Street
Manchester Center, VT 05255
ph. 802.362.2200
ph. (toll free) 800.437.3700
Sun-Thu 10am-7pm Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
Directions to Manchester

Northshire Saratoga Store

Northshire Saratoga
424 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
ph. 518.682.4200
ph. (toll free) 855.339.5990
Sun-Thu 10am-7pm Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
Directions to Saratoga Springs