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The Lion Seeker

(2013)
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In the tradition of the great immigrant sagas, The Lion Seeker brings us Isaac Helger, son of Lithuanian Jewish immigrants, surviving the streets of Johannesburg in the shadow of World War II. Are you a stupid or a clever? Such is the refrain in Isaac Helger's mind as he makes his way from redheaded hooligan to searching adolescent to striving young man on the make. His mother's question haunts every choice. Are you a stupid or a clever? Will you find a way to lift your family out of Johannesburg's poor inner city, to buy a house in the suburbs, to bring your aunts and cousins from Lithuania? Isaac's mother is a strong woman and a scarred woman; her maimed face taunts him with a past no one will discuss. As World War II approaches, then falls upon them, they hurtle toward a catastrophic reckoning. Isaac must make decisions that, at first, only seem to be life-or-death, then actually are. Meanwhile, South Africa's history, bound up with Europe's but inflected with its own accents - Afrikaans, Zulu, Yiddish, English - begins to unravel. Isaac's vibrant, working-class, Jewish neighborhood lies near the African slums; under cover of night, the slums are razed, the residents forced off to townships. Isaac's fortune-seeking takes him to the privileged seclusion of the Johannesburg suburbs, where he will court forbidden love. It partners him with the unlucky, unsinkable Hugo Bleznick, selling miracle products to suspicious farmers. And it leads him into a feud with a grayshirt Afrikaaner who insidiously undermines him in the auto shop, where Isaac has found the only work that ever felt true. And then his mother's secret, long carefully guarded, takes them to the diamond mines, where everything is covered in a thin, metallic dust, where lions wait among desert rocks, and where Isaac will begin to learn the bittersweet reality of success bought at truly any cost.

 
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Hardback Editions

October 2013 : USA Hardback
Title: The Lion Seeker
Author(s): Kenneth Bonert
ISBN: 0-547-89804-5 / 978-0-547-89804-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Paperback Editions

September 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: The Lion Seeker
Author(s): Kenneth Bonert
ISBN: 0-544-33451-5 / 978-0-544-33451-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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February 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: The Lion Seeker
Author(s): Kenneth Bonert
ISBN: 0-307-36214-0 / 978-0-307-36214-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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February 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: The Lion Seeker
Author(s): Kenneth Bonert
ISBN: 0-307-36213-2 / 978-0-307-36213-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Canada
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Audio Editions

November 2015 : MP3 CD
Title: The Lion Seeker
Author(s): Kenneth Bonert
ISBN: 1-5113-4097-5 / 978-1-5113-4097-7
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
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May 2014 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Lion Seeker
Author(s): Kenneth Bonert
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

May 2014 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Lion Seeker
Author(s): Kenneth Bonert
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

October 2013 : USA Kindle edition
Title: The Lion Seeker
Author(s): Kenneth Bonert
Publisher: Mariner Books
Availability: Amazon   

February 2013 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Lion Seeker
Author(s): Kenneth Bonert
Publisher: Knopf Canada
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