A Blade of Grass

A Blade of Grass

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Märit Laurens is a young woman of British descent who comes to live with her husband, Ben, on their newly purchased farm along the border of South Africa. Shortly after her arrival, violence strikes at the heart of Märit's world. Devastated and confused but determined to run the farm on her own, Märit finds herself in a simmering tug of war between the local Afrikaner community and the black workers who live on the farm, both vying for control over the land in the wake of tragedy. Märit's only supporter is her black housekeeper, Tembi, who, like Märit, is alone in the world. Together, the women struggle 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.

Thrilling to read, 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 389 pages
  • 134 x 200 x 26mm | 381.02g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060554274
  • 9780060554279
  • 787,880

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"Resembles in loose fashion our own master Faulkner's... novel The Unvanquished.... An intense reading experience... something readers will remember."--Chicago Tribune
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920 ratings
3.65 out of 5 stars
5 22% (199)
4 37% (343)
3 29% (264)
2 9% (86)
1 3% (28)
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