bloodlines

bloodlines

by Neville D Frankel
     
 
Told across five decades, in the voices of all four main characters, Bloodlines paints on canvases large and small, from the struggle against apartheid to the secrets and brutalities that tear apart a family. Equal parts geopolitical thriller and one man's search for truth, it explores the damage inflicted by history, and the havoc wrought by lies.

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Told across five decades, in the voices of all four main characters, Bloodlines paints on canvases large and small, from the struggle against apartheid to the secrets and brutalities that tear apart a family. Equal parts geopolitical thriller and one man's search for truth, it explores the damage inflicted by history, and the havoc wrought by lies.

REVIEW
Bloodlines is not only a compelling, moving love story that features two remarkable, believable people, but their passionate quest for happiness is inextricably woven into South Africa's recent history as they fight against the injustices of apartheid. Neville Frankel's native land is as much a character in this novel as the people he has created. He takes his readers into a journey that explores the vivid contrasts of a country both beautiful and brutal, and rewards us with a book that is a triumphant celebration of human dignity and the abiding power of love."
-Lucie Prinz, former editor, The Atlantic Monthly

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Publishers Weekly
Frankel's second novel is a tense, expansive family yarn unfolding against the backdrop of violent South African apartheid. Much like the author, central character Steven Green was born in South Africa yet raised in America. Green spent his youth in Boston, mourning his mother Michaela's mysterious disappearance after her secretive antiapartheid work was exposed and she was arrested. Now a married father in his mid-40s in 2001, Green feels spurred, after his father's death, to unearth his mother's remarkable history as an insurgent. The remaining bulk of the novel is told through Michaela's letters and the manuscripts of her husband, Lenny, and those of Mandla Mkhize, her African tribal lover. Frankel's emotive narrative, dictated through these three separate voices, provides an outpouring of respect for Michaela and her staunch political beliefs, but also offers unique, equally powerful perspectives on the woman herself and the plight of terror-stricken black Africans in a racial apartheid stronghold. Lenny's story is one of courtship and love; Michaela's is strong and outspoken, while Mandla's adoration of her somehow makes her infidelity a purposeful sin. Despite the convincing intensity of Frankel's backdrop, his prose is at times underwhelming for such a powerful survival novel. Overall, however, the theme packs a punch and will resonate with readers eager for a new perspective on apartheid.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780984963201
Publisher:
Makson House Press
Publication date:
12/22/2012
Pages:
488
Sales rank:
383,374
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.99(d)

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