YA Eco Mysteries, Memoirs, Novels & Travel
Nadine Gordimer, renowned South African writer, political activist, and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature passed away, 13 July, 2014 at the age of ninety. Gordimer authored fifteen novels and a dozen short story collections. For me, this sad news resonates with special meaning. Although I spoke to her only once, briefly over the telephone, there are intriguing coincidences between her origins and mine.
Nadine Gordimer was born in 1923, in a dusty mining town near my hometown of Johannesburg. She was in her twenties during WWII, and when the South African apartheid government was voted into power in 1948. In my memoir, Behind The Walled Garden of Apartheid: Growing Up White in Segregated South Africa, I write: Read More...
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness . . . it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair . . .
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Claire Datnow with Dr. Angela Lewis, professor of political science at UAB