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Child of the River (Paperback) (Irma Joubert) - image 1 of 1
Child of the River (Paperback) (Irma Joubert) - image 1 of 1
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About the Book

A compelling coming of age story with an unlikely and utterly memorable heroine, Child of the River is a timeless tale of heartbreak and triumph set in South Africa at the dawn of apartheid.

Book Synopsis

A timeless coming-of-age tale of heartbreak and triumph set in South Africa at the dawn of apartheid.

Persomi is young, white, and poor, born the middle child of illiterate sharecroppers on the prosperous Fourie farm in the South African Bushveld. Persomi's world is extraordinarily small. She has never been to the local village and spends her days absorbed in the rhythms of the natural world around her, escaping the brutality and squalor of her family home through the newspapers and books passed down to her from the main house and through her walks in the nearby mountains.

Persomi's close relationship with her older brother Gerbrand and her fragile friendship with Boelie Fourie--heir to the Fourie farm and fortune--are her lifeline and her only connection to the outside world. When Gerbrand leaves the farm to fight on the side of the Anglos in WWII and Boelie joins an underground network of Boer nationalists, Persomi's isolated world is blown wide open. But as her very small world falls apart, bigger dreams open to her--dreams of an education, a profession, a native country that values justice and equality, and of love. As Persomi navigates the changing landscape around her--the tragedies of war and the devastating racial strife of her homeland--she finally discovers who she truly is, where she belongs, and why her life--and every life--matters.

The English language publication of Child of the River solidifies Irma Joubert as a unique and powerful voice in historical fiction.

"Filled with lessons of grace and love, Child of the River is a story that reminds us all to hold steady through life's most fragile hours." --Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Perennials

Review Quotes

'Potent, stunning historical fiction that is an amazing read!'--Historical Novels Review

'This is a thoughtful and provoking novel to be savored."--RT Book Reviews, 4-star reviews

"Joubert (The Girl from the Train) once again demonstrates a knack for stringing believable, interesting characters through a historical South African landscape. Not just a sweet romantic novel, Joubert's book is a testament to the value of hard work and perseverance."--Publishers Weekly
Dimensions (Overall): 8.1 Inches (H) x 5.6 Inches (W) x 1.1 Inches (D)
Weight: .8 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 400
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Christian
Publisher: Harpercollins Christian Pub
Format: Paperback
Author: Irma Joubert
Language: English
Street Date: October 18, 2016
TCIN: 51371524
UPC: 9780718083106
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-5904
Origin: Made in the USA
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Estimated ship dimensions: 5.5 inches length x 1 inches width x 8.3 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1 pounds
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 1 reviews
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Another Fantastic Release for Ms. Joubert!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
ABookLoversThoughts - 7 years ago
Child of the River is the second book written by Irma Joubert that is translated into English and published by Thomas Nelson, the first being last fall's release of The Girl from the Train. While these books are both stand-alone, they are set in the same time period and location of South Africa. Persomí is such an amazingly complex character; I absolutely fell in love with her. She is so real, her emotions aren't overstated but are just perfectly written. Persomí is a simple village girl with a complicated family and a multi-layered dream. This is the story of her childhood, her teens years and law education, and her passions as she fought for the rights of minorities. While this is a work of fiction, it is a well-written and inspiring story nonetheless. I would highly recommend this book! The characters are so complex and the storyline flowed smoothly; I really am at a loss for words on how to describe this novel. It has the same heart-grabbing type of characters as The Girl from the Train and a unique setting and perspective on this time period like I've only read from this author. Thank you so much to NetGalley and the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
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