Call It Dog (Paperback)Marli Roode (author)
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Jo returns to South Africa after ten years in the UK to cover the riots sweeping the Jo'burg township of Alex. Nico, her estranged Afrikaner father, reappears and asks her to help prove his innocence in the murder of a black man, abducted by the security forces decades earlier. As they set off on a road trip through South Africa's now-unfamiliar landscape, it becomes clear that Nico knows more about the murder than he is letting on, and Jo begins to wonder whether she is his accomplice, or his captive.
Set against the backdrop of a country struggling to absorb its bloody history and forge a new democracy, Call It Dog asks whether justice and truth are more important than the bonds of loyalty and love, and explores what is it like to feel you no longer belong in the land of your birth - or to your own family.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 236 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm
A remarkably assured first novel... Jo, a British-based journalist who returns to her native South Africa... makes a winning narrator, alternately blase and vulnerable * Sunday Times *
A gripping journey into the deceptions of family and nation, Roode's nightmare vision of a father's complicity in past crimes is a sharp and chilling debut from a writer of clear eye and bracing voice. -- Patrick Flanery
Marli Roode takes a roller-coaster ride through the new South Africa, where the old demons don't retire, they merely reload, and nothing is quite what it seems. Call It Dog calls it like it is - a blistering debut. -- Christopher Hope
[A] confident and daring debut novel * Independent on Sunday *
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