The Boy Next Door: A Novel

Hardcover | September 8, 2009

byIrene Sabatini

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In<_st13a_place _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_city _w3a_st="on">Bulawayo,<_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on">Zimbabwe, there is a tragedy in the house next door to Lindiwe Bishop--her neighbor has been burned alive. The victim's stepson, Ian McKenzie, is the prime suspect but is soon released. Lindiwe can't hide her fascination with this young, boisterous and mysterious white man, and they soon forge an unlikely closeness even as the country starts to deteriorate.

Years after circumstances split them apart, Ian returns to a much-changed Zimbabwe to see Lindiwe, now a sophisticated, impassioned young woman, and discovers a devastating secret that will alter both of their futures, and draw them closer together even as the world seems bent on keeping them apart.The Boy Next Dooris a moving and powerful debut about two people finding themselves and each other in a time of national upheaval.

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InBulawayo,Zimbabwe, there is a tragedy in the house next door to Lindiwe Bishop--her neighbor has been burned alive. The victim's stepson, Ian McKenzie, is the prime suspect but is soon released. Lindiwe can't hide her fascination with this young, boisterous and mysterious white man, and they soon forge an unlikely closeness even as t...

Irene Sabatinispent her childhood in the laid back city of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, gobbling up books from the Public Library. After University in Harare she ventured across continents to Colombia, excited by the chance to live in, learn from, and be inspired by a new culture. One early morning she found herself in the lush countryside ou...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:September 8, 2009Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:031604993X

ISBN - 13:9780316049931

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"Sabatini, who grew up in Harare and Bulawayo, offers a beautifully written first novel that explores the complexities of post-independent Zimbabwe--ever-shifting affinities of race, family, and other affiliations--through the love story of a mixed-race couple."-Booklist