A Distant Shore

By Caryl Phillips

Dorothy is a retired schoolteacher who has lately moved to a housing property in a small village. Solomon is a night-watchman, an immigrant from an unnamed nation in Africa. each one is determined for romance. And but every one harbors secrets and techniques that can make reaching it impossible.
With breathtaking insurance and compassion, Caryl Phillips retraces the trails that lead Dorothy and Solomon to their assembly element: her failed marriage and ruinous obsession with a more youthful guy, the horrors he witnessed as a soldier in his disintegrating place of origin, and the cruelty he encounters as a stranger in his new one. Intimate and panoramic, measured and shattering, A far away Shore charts the oceanic expanses that separate humans from their houses, their hearts, and their selves.

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It’s a majority of these people who reason others to have undesirable attitudes and to do such things as they’ve performed to Mum’s wall. I’m now not announcing they’re correct, simply because they’re now not. yet I force round much, and that i see how humans consider, greater than what the previous fogeys does. It’s in all places. ” Mike stopped conversing and he stared at me, yet with a anxious glance on his face. “You see, you’re in a unique state of affairs, Solomon. You’re escaping oppression and that’s diverse. We’ve received techniques for that. I suggest, you’re operating.

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