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Skinner's drift : a novel
Lisa Fugard
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From Publishers' Weekly:

A vivid sense of place and an effective dramatic arc distinguish this debut novel from the daughter of South African playwright Athol Fugard. After a 10-year absence-which saw the upheaval of her native country-28-year-old Eva van Rensburg returns to Johannesburg from the U.S. to tend to her estranged, dying Afrikaner father, Martin. Springboarding off Eva's discovery of her deceased mother Lorraine's diaries, Fugard seamlessly flashes back to explore Eva's childhood on Skinner's Drift, the farm where she grew up. The characters and landscape come sharply to life: Lorraine's dissatisfaction, Martin's struggles to keep the farm afloat, the increased tensions as soldiers arrive and barricades are erected along the border with Botswana. At the heart of the story is young Eva and her relations with the black farmworkers. As Martin's violent tendencies intensify and Lorraine becomes increasingly unstable, the family fractures and Eva bears the brunt of Martin's actions-culminating in two horrifying, violent acts. When the adult Eva finally returns to the farm, she must determine how to finally face her father's terrible secret. Playing out this family drama in the broader context of race and class, Fugard captivates with this searing personal portrayal of the legacy of apartheid. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Ten years after leaving South Africa, Eva von Rensburg returns to her homeland because her estranged father is dying. Reluctant to visit him, owing to a dark secret she discovered as a child, Eva spends most of her time drinking in her hotel room, making arrangements for his care, and preparing to sell the family farm. Avoiding the past, however, only serves to bring it to the surface, and Eva remembers with guilt and shame the pain and isolation of growing up in a time of political unrest and class distinction. Set against the vivid landscape and wildlife of the African landscape, this first novel conveys a message of redemption and forgiveness that holds true whether it's concerning a country and its people or a father and his daughter. South African-born Fugard, daughter of playwright Athol Fugard, now lives in California. Recommended for larger public libraries.-Kellie Gillespie, City of Mesa Lib., AZ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Eva van Rensburg
Age: 28
Returns to her native country after a 10-year absence; finds her mother's diaries; grew up on a farm.

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