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Skinner's Drift

By Lisa Fugard

Skinner's Drift
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  • Hardcover: Jan 2006,
    304 pages.
    Paperback: Apr 2006,
    304 pages.

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In this beautiful first novel, Lisa Fugard paints a haunting portrait of a family careering toward disaster.

From the book jacket: Ten years after leaving South Africa, the country of her birth and the place where her mother died, Eva van Rensburg returns to her dying father, a violent man whose terrible secret Eva has kept since she was a child. Fugard vividly describes the isolation of Eva's rebellious and lonely English mother; the desperation of her Afrikaner father as drought destroys his farm; the conflicts among the black farm workers as the younger generation questions the loyalty and subservience of their elders; and the dangerous silence of a young girl who witnesses too much.

Like Nadine Gordimer and J. M. Coetzee, Fugard has written a profoundly moving family drama, subtly set against the backdrop of a country in turmoil. She moves with extraordinary agility between intimate and revelatory domestic scenes and the fiercely challenging land. This is a powerful...

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