Sometimes There Is a Void

South Africa-born novelist, poet, and playwright Zakes Mda evokes the sights, sounds, and smells of his early life growing up in a Soweto family of lawyers, facing deprivation and abuse while struggling to find his identity as the child of a man exiled by the apartheid regime. The true story of his exile and return, his embrace of politics, music, and writing, and his eventual journey to America is crowded with emotion, color, and drama. 

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…