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Black Bread White Beer by Niven Govinden
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May 31, 2012

it was amazing
Read in May, 2012

There is so much insight in this book - into the nature of marriage, it's many joys and perils, the burden of parenthood, the influence of race and culture. Most of us like to pretend that marriages fall apart because of major issues like infidelity or domestic violence, whereas the smallest things can sometimes hurtle an other stable marriage on the road to destruction.
There really isn't much of a plot: Amal and Claud have been trying for a baby, but Claud miscarries. This precipitates a crisis in their marriage. The events are narrated through Amal's perspective as he tries to comfort his wife while also dealing with his own pain. In the duration of 12 hours we see him swinging from anger to bewilderment to hope to resignation. This is a sharply observed and sensitively written novel.
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