An Island – Karen Jennings
Longlisted for the The Booker Prize 2021
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A NOVEL ABOUT GUILT, FEAR, FRIENDSHIP AND REFLECTION: ABOUT THE MEANING OF HOME.
A young refugee washes up unconscious on the beach of a small island inhabited by no one but Samuel, an old lighthouse keeper. Unsettled, Samuel is soon swept up in memories of his former life on the mainland: a life that saw his country suffer under colonisers, then fight for independence, only to fall under the rule of a cruel dictator; and he recalls his own part in its history.
In this new man’s presence he begins to consider, as he did in his youth, what is meant by land and to whom it should belong. To what lengths will a person go in order to ensure that what is theirs will not be taken from them?
About the Author
Karen Jennings is a South African author. Her debut novel, Finding Soutbek, was shortlisted for the inaugural Etisalat Prize for African Fiction. Her memoir, Travels with my Father, was published in 2016 , and in 2018 she released her debut poetry collection, Space inhabited by Echoes. Currently living in Brazil, last year Karen completed post-doctoral research at the Federal University of Goias on the historical relationship between science and literature, with a focus on eusocial insects. She works with the mentorship programmes run by Writivism and Short Story Day Africa, both of which promote writing in Africa. Her interests lie in colonialism, historically and in the lasting impact that it has had on the continent of Africa and beyond. Karen was a Miles Morland Fpundation Scholar while writing this book.
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