Fiction Schierhout, Gill The Shape of Him

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The Shape of Him

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Sara Highbury, forty-eight years old, is the manageress of a boarding house in early 1900s South Africa. She lives her life in the past, haunted by a love affair with a diamond digger called Herbert.

One day a young child arrives at Sara's door. Apparently the girl is Herbert's illegitimate daughter and it seems there is no one else to look after her. Having a child to care for disrupts Sara's quiet routine. Troubled by the mystery surrounding the girl's arrival, Sara begins to excavate the past. As the truth unfolds, Sarah must re-evaluate what she holds dear and engage once more with the world around her.

With the backdrop of a rural landscape and characters that are as memorable as they are unexpected, The Shape of Him introduces a writer whose spare, exquisitely crafted prose places her deservedly in the tradition of the best of South African literary fiction.

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"Schierhout imposes an austere intelligence and sense of regret on this remarkable narrative. If any novel published this year deserves a truckload of honours, it is this one. No reader could be prepared for the complex tale that unfolds. It is a beautiful book, as bleak as love and as heartbreaking" (Eileen Battersby Irish Times)

"Written with an elliptical elegance reminiscent of Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient this is a strong debut about the grip of memory and the power of one life to impose itself upon another" ( Financial Times)

"Her novel is not unlike the diamonds of which she writes: hard, glinting and multifaceted, suggestive of intense compression and unfathomable depths" ( Sydney Morning Herald)

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A major debut novel by a Caine Prize shortlisted writer. A beautifully-written novel about a middle-aged woman who is haunted by her relationship with a dying man.

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Book Description Vintage Publishing, United Kingdom, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 198 x 129 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Sara Highbury, forty-eight years old, is the manageress of a boarding house in early 1900s South Africa. She lives her life in the past, haunted by a love affair with a diamond digger called Herbert. One day a young child arrives at Sara s door. Apparently the girl is Herbert s illegitimate daughter and it seems there is no one else to look after her. Having a child to care for disrupts Sara s quiet routine. Troubled by the mystery surrounding the girl s arrival, Sara begins to excavate the past. As the truth unfolds, Sarah must re-evaluate what she holds dear and engage once more with the world around her. With the backdrop of a rural landscape and characters that are as memorable as they are unexpected, The Shape of Him introduces a writer whose spare, exquisitely crafted prose places her deservedly in the tradition of the best of South African literary fiction. Bookseller Inventory # AB99780099535775

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