At a glance:
- Author: Nadine Gordimer
- First Published: 1990
- Type of Work: Novel
- Genres: Long fiction, Social realism, Political fiction
- Subjects: Social action, Teaching or teachers, Family or family life, Politics, Prisoners, Prisons, Racism, Revolutionaries, Blacks, Interracial relationships, Human rights, 1980's, Adultery, South Africa or South Africans, Apartheid
- Locales: Johannesburg, South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, Rustenburg, South Africa
When the respected black schoolteacher nicknamed Sonny leads his students into a demonstration, he commits himself to a course of action which has far-reaching consequences. His family soon realizes that his primary loyalty is no longer to them, but to the movement. They can accept this change, but when Sonny’s need for a friend and comrade who is part of the movement leads him to take a white mistress, the family begins to fall apart. His indifference, his deceit, and his hypocrisy cost him the respect of his wife and children and cause them to take very different paths in life....
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