I am very lucky to have a copy of Exile by Jakob Ejersbo (#1 in the African trilogy) with thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia!
Synopsis: Samantha has lived in Tanzania since she was three years old. Her parents run an exclusive travel lodge and are too absorbed by their own affairs to pay much attention to their daughter. The mother sips expat gin and tonics under the midday sun; the father, a former S.A.S. officer turned mercenary, busies himself with dead end coup d’etats and clandestine love affairs with local women. Samantha learns quickly that affection comes at a premium, at a price she is always willing to pay, however shallow and transitory the experience, however hollow the love on offer. Before long, her reputation precedes her, losing her friends as quickly as it gains her admirers amongst the town’s less savoury elements, for whom consent is barely an afterthought. When Samantha meets Victor, middle-aged and, like her father, a mercenary, she falls for him instantly, persuading herself that his love will finally free her from her past. But Victor is already married, and she is not the first young girl to catch his wandering eye. Exile is the first part of a powerful and gritty trilogy that explores the listless, self-destructive lives of rootless, European ex-pats, laying bare intractable post-colonial tensions and capturing effortlessly the tragic beauty of a continent run into the ground and sinking into the mire.
I reviewed this book late 2011 and LOVED it. Check out my 5/5 star review here.
GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED
I have 1 paperback copy of Exile to giveaway to one lucky Australian follower. (I’m sorry international followers, but postage costs are very high!)
To enter, simply leave a comment at the end of this post with your email address. You must be a follower of The Australian Bookshelf to enter.
Entries close 18th January, 2012 (Syd time). Winner will be drawn via random.org and contacted via email.