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Cracks

by Sheila Kohler

Other Press | June 17, 2006 | Trade Paperback |

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Now a major motion picture starring Eva Green and directed by Jordan Scott

A beautiful schoolgirl mysteriously disappears into the South African veld. Forty years later, thirteen members of the missing girl''s swimming team gather at their old boarding school for a reunion, and look back to the long, dry weeks leading to Fiamma''s disappearance. As teenage memories and emotions resurface, the women relive the horror of a long-buried secret. A stunning and singular tale of the passion and tribalism of adolescence, Cracks lays bare the violence that lurks in the heart of even the most innocent.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 176 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: June 17, 2006

Publisher: Other Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1590512057

ISBN - 13: 9781590512050

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Cracks

Cracks

by Sheila Kohler

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 176 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: June 17, 2006

Publisher: Other Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1590512057

ISBN - 13: 9781590512050

About the Book

"Riveting... while evocative of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and "Picnic at Hanging Rock," Kohler's writing is so smoothly confident and erotic that she has produced a tale resonant with a chilling power all its own."--"Elle"
In Sheila Kohler's brilliant 1999 novel, a beautiful schoolgirl mysteriously disappears into the South African veld. Forty years later, thirteen members of the missing girl's swimming team gather at their old boarding school for a reunion, and look back to the long, dry weeks leading to Fiamma's disappearance. As teenage memories and emotions resurface, the women relive the horror of a long-buried secret. A stunning and singular tale of the passion and tribalism of adolescence, "Cracks" lays bare the violence that lurks in the heart of even the most innocent.

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   The white sky meets the flatness of the plain, pressing down heavily all around. In front of the school nothing moves except the shimmer of heat. It is all distance: flat land, sky, and the slight trace of the river that runs slow and dun beside the graves toward the low, blue hills.     Looking out, so many  years later, from the red-roofed buildings of our Dutch-gabled school across terraced lawns and veld toward the river and the wattle trees, we can no longer see the graves, but we can still hear the hum of the mosquitoes that swarm along the banks of the stagnant water. We can still smell the thick smoke of Miss G’s cigarette. In our minds’ eye we see Fiamma lying on the gray marble grave beneath the frangipani trees. Her slender hands are crossed on her chest, and the white irises that grow wild along the banks of the river cover her body like candles. A faint breeze stirs the hem of her earth-colored tunic. She seems asleep.     We stand on the veranda, clutching the parapet as if it is the railing of a tossing ship, and gaze at the faint trace of the river, beside which lie the graves of Sir George Harrow and his faithful bullterrier, Jock.     Our school, which was renowned for neither academic excellence nor illustrious alumnae, had once belonged to Sir George, a high commissioner and hero of the Boer War. He distinguished himself at Ladysmith and Kimberley. Even his bullt
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Now a major motion picture starring Eva Green and directed by Jordan Scott

A beautiful schoolgirl mysteriously disappears into the South African veld. Forty years later, thirteen members of the missing girl''s swimming team gather at their old boarding school for a reunion, and look back to the long, dry weeks leading to Fiamma''s disappearance. As teenage memories and emotions resurface, the women relive the horror of a long-buried secret. A stunning and singular tale of the passion and tribalism of adolescence, Cracks lays bare the violence that lurks in the heart of even the most innocent.

About the Author

Sheila Kohler

Sheila Kohler is the author of six previous novels, including Crossways, The Perfect Place, Cracks, and Children of Pithiviers (all available in Other Press editions). A native of South Africa, she makes her home in New York City and teaches at Bennington College in Vermont.

Editorial Reviews

"Erotic and disturbing." -Vanity Fair

"Riveting . . . while evocative of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Picnic at Hanging Rock, Kohler''s writing is so smoothly confident and erotic that she has produced a tale resonant with a chilling power all its own." -Elle

"Shocking, reminiscent of Lord of the Flies . . . conjures up the wildness of the veld and the passion and drama of adolescence . . . peculiarly satisfying." -Times Literary Supplement

"A disturbing note-perfect novel. Dissection of evil has rarely been so extravagantly executed." -San Francisco Chronicle

"An eerie, elliptical masterpiece." -Kirkus Reviews
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