4 Seasons Book Club Discussion - "The Promise" by Damon Galgut

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A modern family saga that could only have come from South Africa, written in gorgeous prose by twice Booker Prize-shortlisted author Damon Galgut.

Haunted by an unmet promise, the Swart family loses touch after the death of their matriarch. Adrift, the lives of the three siblings move separately through the uncharted waters of South Africa; Anton, the golden boy who bitterly resents his life's unfulfilled potential; Astrid, whose beauty is her power; and the youngest, Amor, whose life is shaped by a nebulous feeling of guilt.

Reunited by four funerals over three decades, the dwindling family reflects the atmosphere of its country—an atmosphere of resentment, renewal, and, ultimately, hope. The Promise is an epic drama that unfurls against the unrelenting march of national history, sure to please current fans and attract many new ones.

"Simply: you must read it."—Claire Messud, Harper's Magazine

The 4 Seasons Book Club meets quarterly to discuss works of modern fiction and celebrated classics. We decide what to read by group vote. Anyone is welcome to participate in the discussion but Book Club copies are limited. If you would like to join our book club, vote on our next selection, reserve a copy of the book and participate in the next discussion, please contact Joyce, jwheatley@tcpl.org. This event is free and open to the public.

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