An Imperfect Blessing is what you wish history books read like. It’s what you wish historical novels read like – easy, elegant prose that flows effortlessly from page to page. Keen observations on the daily lives of people during historical moments, such as the day Chris Hani died or the day Nelson Mandela was inaugurated in 1994. It’s all there, wrapped in beautiful, funny descriptions. The book is serious when it needs to be, but parts of it are hilarious. The last time I read an author that made me feel like this was when I read Zadie Smith’s White Teeth. It is no surprise that Davids was recently long-listed for the Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. An Imperfect Blessing is a gem.
- An Imperfect Blessing by Nadia Davids
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