Karoo Boy by Troy Blacklaws

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Troy Blacklaws’s acclaimed debut novel is the remarkable story of a boy coming of age in the wake of tragedy
When his twin brother dies in a freak accident, Douglas’s life begins to unravel. His mother leaves his father, taking Douglas with her to live in the Karoo region, a harsh desert landscape that is a far cry from Cape Town and the seaside life Douglas has always known. In this small village that is wary of outsiders, he makes two friends who change his life forever: a beautiful girl named Marika and an old man named Moses. Immersed in rich language and vivid detail, and set against the backdrop of 1970s South Africa, Karoo Boy is the story of a young man finding his way in the midst of chaos and loss. 

About Troy Blacklaws

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Troy Blacklaws was born in 1965 in South Africa, where he grew up. After studying English at Rhodes University, he spent two years in the army. He now teaches at the Singapore American School. Chris Martin of Coldplay called Karoo Boy "the most colourful book I have ever read." The novel is to be filmed in South Africa. Visit www.karooboy.com.
Published March 26, 2013 by Open Road Media. 212 pages
Genres: History, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Death divides a Cape Town family in Blacklaws's evocative but frustrating debut. The story, set in 1976 but narrated in a terse, foreboding and sometimes baffling present tense, begins with 14-

Jul 25 2005 | Read Full Review of Karoo Boy

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A coming-of-age novel set in apartheid South Africa.

Nov 20 2005 | Read Full Review of Karoo Boy

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