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A Blade of Grass

(2003)
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Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
Märit Laurens, a young woman of British descent, recently orphaned and newly wed, comes to live with her husband Ben on their farm in an Edenic setting near the border of South Africa. But when guerrilla violence and tragedy visit their lives, Märit finds herself in a tug of war between the local Afrikaaners near the farm and the black workers who live on it. Frightened and confused, she turns to the only person who can offer her friendship - her maid, Tembi. Märit stubbornly determines to run the farm with Tembi's help, until the encroaching civil war brings out their conflicting loyalties and turns their struggle into a fight for their lives.

Written with exquisite lyricism and deep insight, this novel offers a profound perspective on what it means to be black and white in a country where both live and feel entitlement. Moving beyond its own time and place, it becomes a universal story of the price of freedom.

Chosen as the third International Book of the Month by Bookspan's Book-of-the-Month Club in the US

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Hardback Editions

February 2005 : Australia Hardback
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Title: Blade of Grass
Author(s): Lewis Desoto
ISBN: 0-7322-7835-X / 978-0-7322-7835-9 (Australia edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
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September 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Blade of Grass: A Novel
Author(s): Lewis DeSoto
ISBN: 0-06-055426-6 / 978-0-06-055426-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ecco
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August 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Blade of Grass
Author(s): Lewis Desoto
ISBN: 0-00-200555-7 / 978-0-00-200555-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperFlamingo Canada
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Paperback Editions

April 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Blade of Grass,
Author(s): Lewis DeSoto
ISBN: 1-904559-07-7 / 978-1-904559-07-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: MAIA BOOKS
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September 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Blade of Grass: A Novel
Author(s): Lewis DeSoto
ISBN: 0-06-055427-4 / 978-0-06-055427-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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August 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Blade of Grass
Author(s): Lewis DeSoto
ISBN: 0-00-639280-6 / 978-0-00-639280-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Phyllis Bruce Books Perennial
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February 2004 : Australia Paperback
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Title: Blade of Grass
Author(s): Lewis Desoto
ISBN: 0-7322-7834-1 / 978-0-7322-7834-2 (Australia edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
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2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Blade of Grass
Author(s): Lewis Desoto
ISBN: 0-9657977-7-5 / 978-0-9657977-7-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ecco Press
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Kindle Editions

December 2012 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: A Blade of Grass: A Novel
Author(s): Lewis DeSoto
Publisher: Ecco
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January 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Blade Of Grass
Author(s): Lewis DeSoto
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Availability: Amazon CA