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The Softness of the Lime

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March 2018
About the book: 
1782: In the bustling settlement at the Cape of Good Hope, traders, politicians, farmers and fortune-seekers compete for goods, land and power. It is here that Geert Baardwijk, a wealthy Dutch heir, finds himself drawn to Lena, a young slave he has inherited from his father.
Bartered and sold into slavery as a child, Lena pines for the Madagascan highlands from within the cloistered confines of her master’s townhouse. When Geert marries a woman from the upper strata of Cape society to preserve his wealth and status, he is forced to confront his own responsibilities and failings, as well as the true meaning of love and fatherhood.
Spanning more than eighty years, Softness of the Lime  tells of traditions old and emerging, at a time in the Cape when competition for ownership of everything – including people – was at its peak. Drawing on the history of her own ancestors, Maxine Case mesmerises with this compelling story of passion and integrity, love and betrayal.
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About the Author

Maxine Case made her literary debut with All We Have Left Unsaid , a work that was awarded the 2007 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (Africa), and in the same year was the joint winner of the Herman Charles Bosman Prize.

A recent book of hers, Papwa: Golf’s Lost Legend , was shortlisted for the 2016 Alan Paton Award. A fellow of the Ford Foundation’s International Fellowship Program, she has been named an honorary fellow in writing by the University of Iowa, Hong Kong Baptist University, and City of Asylum/Pittsburgh, and her work has been translated into several languages, including Dutch, Japanese and Mandarin.

Maxine holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the New School in New York and lives in Cape Town.

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