The Crack

The Crack

eBook - 2014
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Gentle but highly strung, Janet must support her Afrikaner husband in his new job as a plain-clothes policeman and specialist interrogator. Hector-Jan heads off to work on New Year's Day, aware that he is unbearably close to a bloody drama about to unfold. As Janet's world tightens and threatens to fracture, she must look to her children and cling to the support of Alice, her black maid, and Solomon, her ever-faithful gardener. All too conscious of her own emotional fragility, Janet watches her mother slip into the folds of Old Timers" disease, and next door, the lurking, unfathomable Doug is up to no good. As the crack in the swimming pool widens, can Janet bridge the gaps that threaten them all? Written with tenderness and disquieting power, The Crack exposes a brutal center that cannot hold, revealing how, in apartheid South Africa, things must crack and fall apart.
Publisher: [United States] : Oneworld Publications : Made available through hoopla, 2014.
ISBN: 1780744277
9781780744278
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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Blabbermouth
Dec 22, 2014

This had some dreadful things happen in it. The writing style was unusual. I don't know how to explain it. Even the very simple things had something else going on in Janet's head. I understand that the crack was a symbol of apartheid in South Africa & what was going on there in the seventies but I prefer a more direct approach. All I ended up seeing was a fragile woman who was weak & in great need of therapy, a dangerous & manipulating neighbour, a weak & angry husband & a dreadful ending to it all.

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