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The House on Sugarbush Road

by Meira Cook

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published: Sep 2012
ISBN:9781926531304
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The House on Sugarbush Road, set in post-apartheid Johannesburg shortly after the 1994 election of Nelson Mandela, is the story of the intertwining lives of a once prominent liberal Afrikaner family and Beauty Mapule, their domestic servant of more than thirty years. Cook's intimately interconnected and finely drawn characters are white, black, rich, poor, beautiful, ugly, old and young; they are also hustlers, do-gooders, petty criminals and sensualists, heading towards dramatic explosions both inevitable and unexpected.

About the Author

Meira Cook

MEIRA COOK’s first novel, The House on Sugarbush Road, won the 2013 McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award and was a nominee for the Winnipeg Public Library’s On The Same Page competition. Her poetry won first place in the CBC Literary Awards in 2007, garnered a Manitoba Publishing Award (a “Maggie”), and has been featured in Winnipeg Transit’s “Poetry in Motion” program. Two of her poems were on the longlist for the 2013 CBC Writes contest. She won the inaugural Walrus Poetry Prize in 2012, and one of her poems was on the shortlist for the 2013 Walrus Poetry Prize. Meira was also the 2013 writer-in-residence for the Winnipeg Public Library.

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Contributor Notes

Méira Cook was born in Johannesburg and worked as a journalist in South Africa. Since coming to Canada, she has published widely as a poet, and won the CBC Literary Award for poetry in 2006. Cook lives in Winnipeg.

Editorial Review

"Cook has written a powerful, lyrical novel that ends quietly but with profound impact." - Quill & Quire, starred review

 

"I finished The House on Sugarbush Road stunned at the sheer life on its pages. I felt I had seen South Africa in a way that will always shape my thinking about it. The beauty of the language, the author's eye for moving and incongruous detail, her understanding of the searing realities of post-Apartheid South Africa - all are extraordinary. What Meira&nbspCook especially grasps and explores with great delicacy are the ties that bind her characters together: a shared past, but also greed, need, and something approaching love." - Joan Thomas, author of Curiosity

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