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“Mercia Murray is a woman of fifty-two years who has been left.” Abandoned by her partner in Scotland, where she has been living for twenty-five years, Mercia returns to her homeland of South Africa to find her family overwhelmed by alcoholism and secrets. Poised between her life in Scotland and her life in South Africa, she recollects the past with a keen sense of irony as she searches for some idea of home. In Scotland, her life feels unfamiliar; her apartment sits empty. In South Africa, her only brother is a shell of his former self, pushing her away. And yet in both places she is needed, if only she could understand what for. Plumbing the emotional limbo of a woman who is isolated and torn from her roots, October is a stark and utterly compelling novel about the contemporary experience of an intelligent immigrant, adrift among her memories and facing an uncertain middle age.

With this pitch-perfect story, the “writer of rare brilliance” (The Scotsman) Zoë Wicomb—who received one of the first Donald Windham–Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes for lifetime achievement—stands to claim her rightful place as one of the preeminent contemporary voices in international fiction.

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"Mercia Murray is a woman of fifty years who has been left." Abandoned by her partner in Scotland, where she has been living for twenty-five years, Mercia goes back to her homeland of South Africa to find her family destroyed by alcoholism and secrets. Between these two places, she recollects the past with a keen sense of irony as she searches to realize some idea of a home. October holds the reader in the emotional limbo of a woman isolated and deracinated: a stark articulation of the contemporary experience of immigration that will speak volumes to anyone who has ever pondered the condition of ageing and aloneness.

With this pitch-perfect story, the "writer of rare brilliance" (The Scotsman) Zoë Wicomb stands to claim her rightful place as one of the preeminent contemporary voices in international fiction.

About the Author

Zoë Wicomb is a South African writer living in Glasgow, Scotland where she is Emeritus Professor at the University of Strathclyde. Her critical writing is on South African literature and culture. She has been awarded one of the inaugural Windham-Campbell Literature Prizes.

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ISBN:
9781595589620
Author:
Wicomb, Zoe
Publisher:
New Press
Author:
Wicomb, Zoee
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20140331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Mercia Murray is a woman of fifty years who has been left." Abandoned by her partner in Scotland, where she has been living for twenty-five years, Mercia goes back to her homeland of South Africa to find her family destroyed by alcoholism and secrets. Between these two places, she recollects the past with a keen sense of irony as she searches to realize some idea of a home. October holds the reader in the emotional limbo of a woman isolated and deracinated: a stark articulation of the contemporary experience of immigration that will speak volumes to anyone who has ever pondered the condition of ageing and aloneness.

With this pitch-perfect story, the "writer of rare brilliance" (The Scotsman) Zoë Wicomb stands to claim her rightful place as one of the preeminent contemporary voices in international fiction.

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