The Promise

Hardcover, 256 pages

English language

Published April 5, 2021 by Europa Editions.


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The Promise is the story of a family, but also of a country, over forty years. In four parts, each one centred on a family funeral in a different decade, the family fights over a piece of land outside Pretoria.

In the background, a different president is in power, and a different spirit hangs over the country.

At the core of this mesmerising and at times darkly humorous novel is a deathbed promise by a mother that was never kept – a promise overheard by her young daughter Amor.

There is nothing unusual or remarkable about the Swart family, oh no, they resemble the family from the next farm and the one beyond that, just an ordinary bunch of white South Africans, and if you don’t believe it then listen to us speak...

The many voices of The Promise tell a story in four snapshots, each one centered on a …

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  • Fiction
  • South Africa
  • Apartheid
  • Grief
  • Loss
  • Coming of Age