by Julie HaleOctober, 2002
Gordimer, a Nobel Prize winner, has written a stream of powerfully perceptive novels offering insights into South African politics and culture. Her latest follows the adventures of wealthy Julie Summers, whose car breaks down in a seedy South African neighborhood, where she meets a young Arab mechanic named Abdul. The two are drawn to each other for different reasons: Abdul an illegal immigrant hopes to avoid being deported, while Julie is trying to shake off her privileged past. Marked by charged emotions and unexpected repercussions, a relationship soon develops between the two, one that alters their perceptions of each other and their lives forever. Gordimer writes revealingly about race, religion and the modern Arab world. A reading group guide is available in print and online at www.greatbooks.org and www.penguinputnam.com.