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The Long Wave

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October 2016
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In the wake of his father’s death, Gilbert du Toit begins to see rays of light and schools of fish streaking through the air. He believes that these visions are sending him a message, and sets off to follow his peculiar guides across the vastness of the Great Karoo.
A journey that begins with a sense of purpose deteriorates into a manic and unpredictable expedition. When Gilbert’s path crosses that of the Howlers, a trio of ex-convicts touring the country with violin, trumpet and guitar, he is steered to dinosaur parks and backroad bars in the South African hinterland. Yet, as his travels unfold, it becomes clear that his past cannot be outpaced so easily.
A love affair in Kuils River offers respite, but in the end Gilbert must confront the question: what is the message in the signs he sees all around him?
In glimmering prose infused with humour and pathos, Tom Dreyer’s The Long Wave  is a tale of transformation, friendship and the mystery at the heart of ordinary life.
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About the Author

Tom Dreyer is the author of the novels Erdvarkfontein, Stinkafrikaners and Equatoria, as well as short stories and poetry. Stinkafrikaners was awarded the Eugène Marais Prize in 2001. Tom Holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town and is a fellow of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. He lives and works in Stellenbosch.

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