The Year the Gypsies Came

The Year the Gypsies Came

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In Johannesburg in the late 1960s, the Iris family take in house guests from time to time to diffuse the tension in their large but unhappy home. 11-year-old Emily looks forward to these guests as she knows her parents will set their quarrels aside, and, if only for a short time, be like a real family. One spring a family of wanderers - an Australian couple and their two boys, Streak and Otis, who is brain damaged - comes to stay. Emily and Streak form a close friendship and Emily's beloved, gentle older sister Sarah takes Otis in hand. But then tragedy strikes and their lives are changed forever. Enclosing all this is the incredibly close and warm relationship Emily has with the old Zulu gatekeeper, Buza, who tells her Zulu folktales to help her through and make sense of her problems.
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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 137 x 216 x 22mm | 308g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • United Kingdom
  • 0141382791
  • 9780141382791
  • 724,906

About Linzi Glass

Linzi Alex Glass was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to the United States as a young adult where she now lives with her teenage daughter. She studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute before joining the Writer's Program, and has worked as a freelance reader and as Literary Coordinator at Creative Artists Agency. She is now a full-time writer, and has co-written three adult screenplays, and two plays. THE YEAR THE GYPSIES CAME is her first novel.
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