Quarter Tones

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Random House, Jun 30, 2011 - Fiction - 208 pages
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The most important things are hardest to find words for, her father once said. That's why people make music.

When Ana returns to the ramshackle cottage of her youth in the seaside village of Noordhoek, near Cape Town, she does so with the intention of sorting out her father's affairs. It soon becomes clear that more is at stake. After a decade in London, where she has failed to find work as a musician, her return to South Africa puts further distance into an already strained marriage, not only because she is out of reach, but because Michael, her husband, has lost faith in the country.

Quick to welcome her is her neighbour, Franz van der Veer, an architect searching for redemption. This is further complicated by the arrival of his eccentric brother, Daniel. Against a tangle of childhood memories, scarred histories and renewed hope, Ana finally starts to confront the death of Sam, her Irish luthier father, and with it, questions of guilt and belonging.

Lyrical and beautifully told, Quarter Tones is a story about music and love and loss.

 

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
14
Section 3
25
Section 4
30
Section 5
37
Section 6
49
Section 7
56
Section 8
71
Section 16
132
Section 17
139
Section 18
142
Section 19
146
Section 20
149
Section 21
155
Section 22
157
Section 23
169

Section 9
78
Section 10
83
Section 11
91
Section 12
95
Section 13
106
Section 14
114
Section 15
125
Section 24
173
Section 25
176
Section 26
186
Section 27
194
Section 28
196
Section 29
199
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About the author (2011)

Susan Mann was born in Durban in 1967. She has worked in the media and taught at the University of Cape Town. She is currently doing research in France.

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