Powerful and extraordinarily timely…
In her stellar latest, Bretherton explores love, racism, and redemption. Set in South Africa during the country’s first democratic elections as the country struggles to find a path to peace and reconciliation, the story is set in motion by a single incident of robbery. The lives of three people—Ronel, a young white woman who struggles with her personal prejudices and trauma; Kobus, a broken man trying to deal with his guilt; and Mandla, a black lawyer, in search of retribution—intertwine after a bookstore robbery sends the main suspect in jail. It’s powerful, socially conscious work that explores the politics of hatred, division, and racism, and at the same time a story of love and betrayal, a story of a man who in his pursual of his brother’s killer gladly oversteps the boundaries of humanity, and a story of forgiveness and retribution. Bretherton’s powerful, scarred but courageous lead will stay in readers’ hearts for long. The novel deserves a wide audience.
No Flowers on the Graves
By Laurika Bretherton
Pub date August 1, 2018
Price $12.99 (USD) Paperback, $4.99 Kindle edition