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Empire Settings by David Schmahmann
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Empire Settings

by David Schmahmann

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The story of South Africa as told thru the eyes of Danny, Helga and Bridget, a South African white family who leave as apartheid is brought to an end. Danny retains his love of Santi, a black South African, despite living in Boston and marrying Tesseba, until he returns to South Africa and realizes he no longer belongs. He gives up his family fortune to really start anew in the country where he now belongs--America, and he rejoins his American wife where he is welcomed back. ( )
  MarkMeg | Mar 16, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0452283272, Paperback)

David Schmahmann's stunning debut novel is an accomplished, arresting tale of forbidden love during apartheid in South Africa. At once a compelling love story and a powerful commentary on life amidst political and social turmoil, Empire Settings announces the arrival of a significant new literary talent.

Danny Devin is a young white man in South Africa who enters into an illicit romance with a young, mixed race schoolgirl, the daughter of black domestic servant. When social constraints force Danny to end the romance, he travels to America with the hopes of starting a new life. There he meets Tesseba, a curious and trusting artist who takes him in and marries him to save him from deportation. The two build a life together, but Danny continues to be plagued by a growing sense of loss. Twenty years later, Danny returns to a "new" South Africa in the hopes of saving a family fortune and finding the girl he has never forgotten.

In precise yet lyrical prose, David Schmahmann spins a heart-wrenching tale that reveals the subtle, yet powerful intersection of politics and individual choice, and proves that nothing is ever only black and white.

"Artful, moving...[Schmahmann] displays a sure touch with character, plot, and atmosphere alike." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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Danny Divin is a young white man in South Africa who enters into an illicit romance with a mixed race schoolgirl, the daughter of a black domestic servant. When social constraints force Danny to end the romance, he travels to American with hopes of starting a new life. There he meets Tesseba, a curious and trusting artist who takes him in and marries him to save him from deportation. The two build a life together, but Danny continues to be plagued by a growing sense of loss. Twenty years later, Danny returns to a "new" South Africa in the hopes of saving a family fortune and finding the girl he has never forgotten.--Cover p. [4].… (more)

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