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Child of the River
by Irma Joubert


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A compelling coming of age story with an unlikely and utterly memorable heroine, Child of the River is a timeless tale of heartbreak and triumph set in South Africa at the dawn of apartheid.

Persomi is young, white, and poor, born the middle child of illiterate sharecroppers on the prosperous Fourie farm in the South African Bushveld.  Read more...


 
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Overview

A compelling coming of age story with an unlikely and utterly memorable heroine, Child of the River is a timeless tale of heartbreak and triumph set in South Africa at the dawn of apartheid.

Persomi is young, white, and poor, born the middle child of illiterate sharecroppers on the prosperous Fourie farm in the South African Bushveld. Persomi's world is extraordinarily small. She has never been to the local village and spends her days absorbed in the rhythms of the natural world around her, escaping the brutality and squalor of her family home through the newspapers and books passed down to her from the main house and through her walks in the nearby mountains.

Persomi's close relationship with her older brother Gerbrand and her fragile friendship with Boelie Fourie--heir to the Fourie farm and fortune--are her lifeline and her only connection to the outside world. When Gerbrand leaves the farm to fight on the side of the Anglos in WWII and Boelie joins an underground network of Boer nationalists, Persomi's isolated world is blown wide open. But as her very small world falls apart, bigger dreams become open to her--dreams of an education, a profession, a native country that values justice and equality, and of love. As Persomi navigates the changing world around her--the tragedies of war and the devastating racial strife of her homeland--she finally discovers who she truly is, where she belongs, and why her life--and every life--matters.

The English language publication of Child of the River solidifies Irma Joubert as a unique and powerful voice in historical fiction.

International bestselling author IRMA JOUBERT was a history teacher for 35 years before she began writing fiction. Her stories are known for their deep insight into personal relationships and rich historical detail. She is the author of eight novels and a regular fixture on bestseller lists in The Netherlands and in her native South Africa. She is the winner of the 2010 ATKV Prize for Romance Novels.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780718083106
  • ISBN-10: 0718083105
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publish Date: October 2016
  • Page Count: 416


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Books > Fiction > Christian - Historical
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-08-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

Persomi is a sharecropper’s child living in South Africa during WWII. Working on the wealthy Fourie farm, Persomi desperately seeks to be like the “real” children who are able to live free lives in their own homes. Reading about the war and politics in the newspapers from the Big House keeps her mind off her poor circumstances. She is also consumed with figuring out the identity of her true father, a secret her mother has vowed to take to the grave. When Persomi has the chance to go to the same boarding school that her brother attended, she leaves the life she had always known for a place where she must learn new rules and practices—studying, socializing, even how to eat with a fork. Leaning on the strength of her friend Boelie, the son and heir of Mr. Fourie, Persomi excels in her education, studying law and politics. When the feelings between Persomi and Boelie grow, Persomi discovers information that shatters her world before she can even step into it. Joubert (The Girl from the Train) once again demonstrates a knack for stringing believable, interesting characters through a historical South African landscape. Not just a sweet romantic novel, Joubert’s book is a testament to the value of hard work and perseverance. (Oct.)

 
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