The Water Man's Daughter by Emma Ruby-Sachs

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Oddly enough for a Canadian writer coming from outside African culture, Ruby-Sachs convinces least in the rendering of her Canadian, the addled and naive Claire, who comes off consistently as a flake.
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An accomplished, hard-hitting debut novel that marries a page-turning plot with the stories of three women, each of whom is struggling with decisions that will change the course of her life.

The violent death of a Canadian water company executive in a black township of Johannesburg throws together a South African anti-privatization activist and the water executive's daughter, Claire, who arrives suddenly from Canada desperate to understand her father's death. The murder investigation -- led by an officer who is finding her own loyalties increasingly unclear -- and Claire's personal quest become entwined, and the young Canadian's involvement with the activist brings her ever closer to a shocking truth she might not be able to bear. The Water Man's Daughter, like its characters, is fierce and tender, thought-provoking and emotionally rich. It introduces Emma Ruby-Sachs as an enormously talented, original, and fearless new voice in Canadian fiction.


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About Emma Ruby-Sachs

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EMMA RUBY-SACHS's journalism has been published in The Nation and The Huffington Post. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Toronto law school, Ruby-Sachs lived in South Africa for periods in 2003 and 2004 while studying. She has worked as a civil litigator in Windsor and Toronto and currently works with Avaaz, a progressive online organization. Emma lives in Brooklyn.
 
Published May 10, 2011 by Emblem Editions. 338 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by JIM BARTLEY on Sep 06 2012

Oddly enough for a Canadian writer coming from outside African culture, Ruby-Sachs convinces least in the rendering of her Canadian, the addled and naive Claire, who comes off consistently as a flake.

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