My Son's Story by Nadine Gordimer

My Son's Story by Nadine Gordimer

From Publishers Weekly: Nobel Prize-winning author Gordimer's story of segregated South Africa focuses on Sonny, a black teacher whose revolutionary activities, imprisonment and extramarital affair with a white human rights activist profoundly affect his family. According to PW, "The novel is eloquent in its understated prose and anguished understanding of moral complexities."

Quick take: After a few false starts and stops, I finally got into this extremely well-told tale of apartheid and revolution in South Africa. The beauty of it is that the secret lives of each family member can get so engrossing, that you seem to actually know them.

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