Synopses & Reviews
When Julie Summers's car breaks down on a sleazy street in a South African city, a young Arab mechanic named Abdu comes to her aid. Their attraction to one another is fueled by different motives. Julie is in rebellion against her wealthy background and her father; Abdu, an illegal immigrant, is desperate to avoid deportation to his impoverished country. In the course of their relationship, there are unpredictable consequences, and overwhelming emotions will overturn each one's notion of the other. Set in the new South Africa and in an Arab village in the desert, The Pickup
is "a masterpiece of creative empathy . . . a gripping tale of contemporary anguish and unexpected desire, and it also opens the Arab world to unusually nuanced perception" (Edward W. Said).
"Without romanticism, Gordimer dramatizes the paradox of privilege....It's the places that make the story so compelling, and Gordimer captures the contrasts in the beat of her prose....Even on the last page, Gordimer is still surprising us about the search for home." Hazel Rochman, Booklist (Starred Review)
Set in the new South Africa and in an Arab village in the desert, this is a gripping tale of contemporary anguish and unexpected desire from a Nobel Prize-winning writer.
About the Author
Nadine Gordimer is the author of twelve previous novels, as well as several collections of stories and essays. Her most recent work includes The House Gun, Jump and Other Short Stories, and My Son's Story. She has received many awards, including the Booker Prize and the Nobel Prize in Literature.