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The Sweet-Smelling Jasmine
by Jenny Hobbs
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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