A south African fam­ily saga

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BOOKs The Man­dela Plot by Ken­neth Bon­ert Knopf Canada May 29

Ken­neth Bon­ert stunned Toronto’s literati with his bril­liant de­but, The Lion Seeker, the story of a Jew­ish im­mi­grant in Jo­han­nes­burg. In The Man­dela Plot, he takes read­ers back to South Africa, this time in the wan­ing days of apartheid. The story fol­lows a mis­fit pri­vate-school boy whose life is in­ter­rupted by a beau­ti­ful Amer­i­can stranger and the emer­gence of dark fam­ily se­crets. One part his­tor­i­cal thriller and one part com­ing-of-age story, the po­lit­i­cally charged book draws a par­al­lel be­tween the late 1980s and to­day, set­ting the strug­gles of a sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Jew­ish fam­ily against the larger story of South Africa.

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