The House On Sugarbush Road by Meira CookThe House On Sugarbush Road by Meira Cook

The House On Sugarbush Road

byMeira Cook

Hardcover | January 9, 2012

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WINNER of the 2013 McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the YearThe House on Sugarbush Road, set in post-apartheid Johannesburg shortly after the 1994 election of Nelson Mandela, is the story of the intertwining lives of a once prominent liberal Afrikaner family and Beauty Mapule, their domestic servant of more than thirty years. Cook's intimately interconnected and finely drawn characters are white, black, rich, poor, beautiful, ugly, old and young; they are also hustlers, do-gooders, petty criminals and sensualists, heading towards dramatic explosions both inevitable and unexpected.
Méira Cook was born in Johannesburg and worked as a journalist in South Africa. Since coming to Canada, she has published widely as a poet, and won the CBC Literary Award for poetry in 2006. Cook lives in Winnipeg.
Title:The House On Sugarbush RoadFormat:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 1.06 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:Great Plains PublicationsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1926531302

ISBN - 13:9781926531304


Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Different Look I read this book for my Toastmaster book club. It has been awhile since I have read it. We were lucky to have the author attend the meeting. It is always interesting to hear what the author was thinking about as she/he was writing the book. We learnt quite a bit about the author and her background. She is orginally from South Africa and now resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. Her story is intersting. She is a pleasent persona and easy to talk to. The characters in this novel are diverse and complex. It is set in post aparthied South Africa which was a turbelent time in that country's history. That is reflected in the story. I did have a hard time getting into this book. I found the author's style a little hard to read. The story was told through several different eyes and it was difficult to keep up. This was the author's first novel after writing several books of poems. If you have an interest in African writers, this may be the book for you.
Date published: 2014-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Meira Cook's novel recently received a starred review in Quill & Quire. Well deserved! Meira is truly a poet at heart, and the world she creates is complex, layered and vast. A wonderful book from Enfield & Wizenty!
Date published: 2013-01-29

Editorial Reviews

"Cook has written a powerful, lyrical novel that ends quietly but with profound impact." - Quill & Quire, starred review "I finished The House on Sugarbush Road stunned at the sheer life on its pages. I felt I had seen South Africa in a way that will always shape my thinking about it. The beauty of the language, the author's eye for moving and incongruous detail, her understanding of the searing realities of post-Apartheid South Africa - all are extraordinary. What Meira Cook especially grasps and explores with great delicacy are the ties that bind her characters together: a shared past, but also greed, need, and something approaching love." - Joan Thomas, author of Curiosity