Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Monday, January 30, 2017
A South African Novelist Recalls the Sister She Couldn’t Save
By JUSTINE van der LEUN - The New York Times
ONCE WE WERE SISTERS A Memoir By Sheila Kohler Illustrated. 244 pp. Penguin Books. Paper, $16.
Sheila Kohler’s memoir, “Once We Were Sisters,” begins at the height of apartheid, in 1979 South Africa, but the Struggle figures little into her wealthy white family’s life. Instead, the book’s central event is the death of Sheila’s 39-year-old sister, Maxine, killed when her husband, Carl, plows their convertible into a lamppost. Did Carl, a heart surgeon prone to abusive rages, do it on purpose? This suspicion gnaws only at grieving Sheila. Her mother rejects suggestions to investigate. Instead, she sits by Carl’s hospital bed, holding his hand. MORE