Here & Away: Damon Galgut Presents The Promise, with Edmund White

 
March 17th
7pm

 
McNally Jackson Seaport
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WINNER OF THE 2021 BOOKER PRIZE

A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE

On her deathbed, Rachel Swart makes a promise to Salome, the family's Black maid. This promise will divide the family—especially her children: Anton, the golden boy; Astrid, whose beauty is her power; and the youngest, Amor, whose life is shaped by feelings of guilt.

Reunited by four funerals over thirty years, the dwindling Swart family remains haunted by the unmet promise, just as their country is haunted by its own failures.

The Promise is an epic South African drama that unfurls against the unrelenting march of history, sure to leave its readers transformed.

"Simply: you must read it."—Claire Messud, Harper's Magazine

 

★ "This tour-de-force unleashes a searing portrait of a damaged family and a troubled country in need of healing."—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

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Damon Galgut was born in Pretoria. His novels The Good Doctor (2003) and In a Strange Room (Europa, 2010) were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. The Promise (Europa, 2021) won the 2021 Booker Prize. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.







 
Edmund White is the author of many novels, including A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Farewell Symphony, and Our Young Man. His nonfiction includes City Boy, Inside a Pearl, The Unpunished Vice, and other memoirs; The Flâneur, about Paris; and literary biographies and essays. He was named the 2018 winner of the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction and received the 2019 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation.

 

 

 

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