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A Blade of Grass

(2003)
A novel by

 
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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Used availability for Lewis Desoto's A Blade of Grass


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Hardback Editions

February 2005 : Australia Hardback
thumbTitle: 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
thumbTitle: 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
thumbTitle: 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

December 2004 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: A Blade of Grass,
Author(s): Lewis DeSoto
ISBN: 1-904559-07-7 / 978-1-904559-07-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: MAIA BOOKS
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 2004 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: 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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2004 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: 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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2004 : Australia Paperback
thumbTitle: 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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

2003 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: A Blade of Grass
Author(s): Lewis DeSoto
ISBN: 0-9657977-7-5 / 978-0-9657977-7-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Collins
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

December 2012 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: A Blade of Grass: A Novel
Author(s): Lewis DeSoto
Publisher: Ecco
Availability: Amazon   

January 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Blade Of Grass
Author(s): Lewis DeSoto
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Availability: Amazon CA   


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