Love Child by Sheila Kohler
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An enthralling new novel from the highly acclaimed author of Becoming Jane Eyre

The compelling story of a forbidden marriage, a baby lost, and a love triangle gone horribly wrong, Love Child centers on Bill, a South African woman whose life has been defined by the apartheid-era, class-riven society in which she lives. Under pressure to make her will, Bill is forced to think about the momentous events and decisions that have made her an extremely wealthy if somewhat disillusioned woman. To whom should she leave her fortune? As Bill relives her past, we learn that this is a simple question with a complicated answer. In elegant, sensual, and nuanced prose, Kohler skillfully explores the space between our dreams and our reality, between our hopes and our disappointments.


 

About Sheila Kohler

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SHEILA KOHLER was born in South Africa and earned degrees from the Sorbonne, the Institut Catholique, and Columbia University. She teaches at Princeton University and Bennington College and lives in New York City.
 
Published June 28, 2011 by Penguin Books. 242 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Nine months later, Bill gives birth and her baby is snatched away, sold to adoptive parents.

Jun 28 2011 | Read Full Review of Love Child: A Novel

Publishers Weekly

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A widowed South African woman of 48 confronts the betrayals of her past in Kohler's graceful new novel (after Becoming Jane Eyre).

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New York Journal of Books

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Kohler’s work should not be overlooked, as it holds open a vista of a whole new generation of filmmaking in, and about, South Africa.”With her relatives hovering around her, all eager to be apportioned a part of her ample estate, the lead female protagonist of Love Child: A Novel must, on the urg...

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Three mysteries are intertwined in Sheila Kohler's slight family drama. Summer reading? Not really, unless you like your characters stock and your prose repetitive.

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Historical Novel Society

The scrutiny takes Bill to the 1920s and to her first love, Isaac, a young Jew, and to the 1930s, as Bill, living in crowded quarters with her family, takes a job as a nurse aid in a luxurious mansion.

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Publisher: Penguin Books Product Description An enthralling new novel from the highly acclaimed author of Becoming Jane Eyre

The compelling story of a forbidden marriage, a baby lost, and a love...

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