Friday, February 6, 2009
The Scent of Oranges by Joan Zawatzky
Product Description (from Amazon.com)
Linda returns to the family orange farm in South Africa to attend her father's funeral. She is drawn back to her past, to the striking beauty of her homeland and the people who still live and work there, but her country is vastly different. A democratic government has emerged from the shame of apartheid, yet it's a violent land where extreme poverty, AIDS and TB exist alongside western affluence and where beliefs in ancestral spirits and voodoo still linger below the surface.
Her father's last wish was for Linda to investigate the murder of her youngest brother and the guilt of those accused. Ghosts of the past guide her search as she seeks the dangerous truths behind each new lead. As the lies unravel, her family will be dishonored, a shameful past will be revealed and yet there is great hope for reconciliation and the future.
I really enjoyed this book. Zawatzky's writing style is wonderfully descriptive and I felt transported to South Africa through the pages of this book. I found the storyline engaging from start to finish. I also loved learning more about South Africa and it's people. The Scent of Oranges dynamically explores intense interpersonal relationships and I found it fascinating. I would certainly recommend this book.
Posted by Tara Robertson at 9:45 AM