Author(s): Mark Behr
When Michiel Steyn returns to South Africa for his beloved mother's funeral, he has spent close to half his lifetime abroad. But neither Michiel nor those he left behind have truly come to terms with his terrible flight from the farm they called Paradise. As Michiel submits himself to the rituals of mourning and remembrance in the small town where he became a man, all that has lain undisturbed for a decade and a half is brought to light. A father's implacable fury and a brother's violent death, the betrayal of love and the ugly memory of the dying days of apartheid all come between the prodigal and forgiveness. Michiel finds that he must confront not only his grief for his mother's passing but the painful truth of his own transgressions.
'Mark Behr meshes the personal and political with a novel about forgiveness and reconciliation ... this unsparing novel captures the internal stuggles of a man in crisis, and a post-apartheid world still circled by security fences' Emma Hagestadt, Independent 'Superbly written, thoughtful and unflinching, this terrific novel explores the mentality of the Afrikaner male with wonderfully poetic use of the Afrikaans language' Kate Saunders, The Times
Born in Tanzania in 1963, Mark Behr later moved to South Africa with his family. His first novel THE SMELL OF APPLES won several awards and was shortlisted for several more.