No Flowers on the Graves by Laurika Bretherton

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

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Pub date August 1, 2018

ISBN 978-1724387264

Price $12.99 (USD) Paperback, $4.99 Kindle edition

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