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The Sweet-Smelling Jasmine

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Isabel, a South African in her early 50s, escapes from her carping husband to meet her lover, someone from her past whom she has only recently re-met. Set in present-day and 1950s South Africa, this novel straddles the emotions of a collapsing marriage and the powder keg of racial tension.
Hardcover, 409 pages
Published 1993 by Michael Joseph
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A middle-aged suburban housewife, trapped in a marriage that has lost its lustre, meets a friend she had known as a teenager in a sugar mill town on the Natal coast, where she had gone to stay with her sister and brother-in-law after her father had died. Her friend has become a writer, and encourages her to write the story of the long-ago summer when they first met, which had begun with new friendships, her first love, and yet ended in horror, violence and death. Though the book is full of ordin...more
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