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The Jack Bank: A Memoir of a South African Childhood
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January 16, 2013
Glen Retief
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Christine's recommendation; Lambda Literary Award 2012

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Lindsey Tate
Beautifully written, brutally honest memoir about growing up in South Africa during a time of extreme political change. Retief's first years of childhood are spent in the middle of a game preserve, the Kruger National Park, surrounded by exotic animals and impressive landscapes. Yet this paradise hides its own dark shadows: the abuse of his sister by his grandfather, a father's friend involved in state-backed murders - and at the age of twelve when Retief goes away to boarding school any innocen...more
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