June 14, 2011
June 14, 2011
"A middle-aged lexicographer, Helena Verbloem, travels alone to Durban to assist in the creation of a dictionary of Afrikaans words that have fallen out of use. Shortly after her arrival, her apartment is burglarized, and her collection of precious shells, shells that she had been collecting for a lifetime, is stolen. Meeting with indifference from the local police, she decides to investigate the crime on her own, with the help of her new friend from the Museum of Natural History, Sof. While investigating the crime, Helena reflects on the life she's lived-- her ex-husband, her daughter, her lovers, her childhood-- and begins to fall in love with her married boss, Theo Verway. An alternately sublime and satrical meditation on love, loss and obsession"--Cover p. .
In BOOK OF HAPPENSTANCE, Ingrid Winterbach jumps back and forth in time, exploring the life of lexicographer Helena Verbloem and a present-day mystery that the middle-aged woman is investigating. While working with Theo Verway to compile a dictionary of disappearing Afrikaans words and phrases, Helena also spearheads a search, with the help of a local police officer, to find her collection of shells that was strangely lifted from her apartment. Why anyone would want the shells, which Helena considers precious for their sentimental value, is the first mystery. Slowly and tensely, however, Winterbach unrolls strange occurrence after strange occurrence, which aggregate to make a suspenseful plot. Simultaneously, Helena's relationship with Theo heats up, as well.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Mystery + Crime, Stages of Life, Love + Relationships + Sex, Conflicts + Dualities, Literary
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Mystery + Crime, Literary, Love + Relationships + Sex, Stages of Life, Conflicts + Dualities
- Language: English
- Author: Ingrid Winterbach , Dirk Winterbach
- Online Item #: 13511081
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-67-2297
- ISBN: 9781934824337
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported