This translation of bestseller Tuisland is described as Brynard’s most ambitious novel to date.
It’s a story rich with information, insight and intrigue. Homeland was triggered by a real-life event – the death of a young San tracker – which took Brynard on a research journey deep into the Kgalagadi and Kalahari where she met and interviewed the late iconic San leader Dawid Kruiper. While her own experience as a political correspondent has made her a sponge for delicious detail, she has a gift for painting scenes and breathing life into her characters. Dear old Captain Albertus Beeslaar (featured in earlier books Weeping Waters and Our Fathers) is back and we meet, among others, the diminutive, slightly desperate Lieutenant Colonel Cordelia Koekoes Mentoor, aka the ‘fiery fairy’ whom you want to both smack and weep for in equal measures. There are murders, San mysticism, some very contemporary patriarchy, paedophilia and a huge amount of observed wisdom, with a welcome dash of humour. All three of
Brynard’s books stand alone, but read one and you’ll want more.
Author: Karin Brynard Reviewer: Nancy Richards Publisher: Penguin Random
House Price: R223 ISBN: 978-1-41520-694-2
Giveaway code: HOMELAND