A brawny, brilliant debut novel about the epic struggles of an
immigrant son in a darkening world.
Johannesburg, South Africa. The Great Depression. In this harsh new
country, young Isaac Helger burns with fiery determination- to
break out of the inner city, to buy his scarred mother the home she
longs for, to find a way to realize her dream of reuniting a family
torn apart. But there are terrible, unspoken secrets of the past
that will haunt him as he makes his way through a society
brutalized by racism, as he loses his heart to an unattainable girl
from the city's wealthiest heights and his every exit route from
poverty dead-ends. When the threat of the Second World War
insinuates itself with brutal force into Isaac's reality, he will
face the most important choice of his life . . . and will have to
learn to live with the consequences.
In this extraordinarily powerful novel, Kenneth Bonert brings alive
the world of South African Jewry in all its raw energy and ribald
vernacular. Comedic, searing, lyrical and with a snap-perfect ear
for dialogue, The Lion Seeker is a profoundly moral
exploration of how wider social forces shape us and shatter us,
echoing through history with lessons that are no less relevant
today than in the crucible of its time.