For the Mercy of Water

For the Mercy of Water

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'Here, in these places ...There is no money. It is hard for you to understand, but there is not even a coin sometimes. There is only dust.' He paused and stared at me and his eyes were hard. 'It has become a very costly human urge,' he said, 'this thirst.' I looked away. 'There is opposition,' he said. 'Small bands of men and boys who attack the reservoirs. Many are killed. Others leave for the city. Like me. I left. I joined the army because they were asking for men. Then I became a company guard, to guard the water against my own people.' In a country long gripped and devastated by drought, water has become the priceless commodity over which a deadly war is being waged. In remote towns and villages, far from the safety of the city, the resistance does what it can to oppose the company whose guards ruthlessly secure and control the water supply, but each small victory merely seems like one more step towards eventual defeat. When an unexpected rain leads a group of water security guards to a town long since thought abandoned, they find an old woman, identified only as Mother, and four girls in a classroom.
A journalist, two aid workers and a doctor arrive soon afterwards, and what they discover defies ordinary explanation. When strange, dislocated fragments of Mother's story appear in the media, a young writer is intrigued enough to set off on a journey to find her, a journey that will take her deep into the heart of a broken country in search of a truth that no one wants uncovered.
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  • Electronic book text | 392 pages
  • The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • Parklands, South Africa
  • 0143529641
  • 9780143529644

About Karen Jayes

Karen Jayes worked as an editor and journalist on newspapers and magazines in South Africa and London for eleven years before turning to education. In the UK, she was senior editor of The Middle East Times. In South Africa, she has filled senior writing and editorial positions. She writes features on women and social issues for Fairlady and Psychologies magazines, and has also had work published in the Mail & Guardian. Karen was awarded the international PEN/Studzinski Literary Award by JM Coetzee in 2009.
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