The Promise: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) (Paperback)
A dark humor permeates this novel set in South Africa as the country transitions out of Apartheid that allows the author to tackle politics, race, and family without being heavy-handed. I was especially drawn to the structure of the book with each of four sections devoted to the death of a family member and the repercussions surrounding that death. The title refers to an unfulfilled promise made to a black servant, which reflects larger issues plaguing South Africa.— Eve
WINNER OF THE 2021 BOOKER PRIZE
A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE
On her deathbed, Rachel Swart makes a promise to Salome, the family's Black maid. This promise will divide the family--especially her children: Anton, the golden boy; Astrid, whose beauty is her power; and the youngest, Amor, whose life is shaped by feelings of guilt.
Reunited by four funerals over thirty years, the dwindling Swart family remains haunted by the unmet promise, just as their country is haunted by its own failures. The Promise is an epic South African drama that unfurls against the unrelenting march of history, sure to leave its readers transformed.
"Simply: you must read it."--Claire Messud, Harper's Magazine
★ "This tour-de-force unleashes a searing portrait of a damaged family and a troubled country in need of healing."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)