A Blade of Grass

A Blade of Grass

Book - 2003
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Marit 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 Marit's world. Devastated and confused but determined to run the farm on her own, Marit 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. Marit's only supporter is her black housekeeper, Tembi, who, like Marit, 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.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2003
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780002005555
Branch Call Number: FIC DeSot
Characteristics: 387 p


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Aug 02, 2015

This books was beautifully written, capturing and humanizing a complex and heartbreaking page of history.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 19, 2015

On an isolated South African farm, at the height of apartheid, a series of tragedies leave a white farm woman and the daughter of her maid in desperate circumstances. The friendship that grows between them is dangerous and ultimately impossible.

michiemouse Sep 26, 2010

One of the most depressing books I have ever read. Reminds me of The Kite Runner where you get to a point and say well nothing worse can happen now can it?The story consists of one depressing scenario after another

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