The Promise The Promise

The Promise

A Novel (Booker Prize Winner)

    • 4.1 • 247 Ratings
    • $9.99
    • $9.99

Publisher Description

WINNER OF THE 2021 BOOKER PRIZE

A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE

A modern family saga written in gorgeous prose by three-time Booker Prize-shortlisted author Damon Galgut.

Haunted by an unmet promise, the Swart family loses touch after the death of their matriarch. Adrift, the lives of the three siblings move separately through the uncharted waters of South Africa; Anton, the golden boy who bitterly resents his life’s unfulfilled potential; Astrid, whose beauty is her power; and the youngest, Amor, whose life is shaped by a nebulous feeling of guilt.

Reunited by four funerals over three decades, the dwindling family reflects the atmosphere of its country—one of resentment, renewal, and, ultimately, hope. The Promise is an epic drama that unfurls against the unrelenting march of national history, sure to please current fans and attract many new ones.

“Simply: you must read it.”—Claire Messud, Harper’s Magazine

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2021
April 6
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
Europa Editions
SELLER
Perseus Books, LLC
SIZE
2.3
MB

Customer Reviews

Penguin 2 ,

Bravo

Best novel I have read since Goon Squad. Brilliant prose. Narrator shifts perspective until it feels he’s captured the whole world. Funny and just beautiful.

Artymusician ,

The Promise: Spoiler Alert

A sad story about a dysfunctional white family in South Africa over a 30 year period. The characters seemed shallow, synthetic, and simplistic. The white family children Anton and Astrid were portrayed as spoiled, rich kids who wasted their lives while their little sister Amor was portrayed as an unfulfilled martyr wanting to make sure the black slave Salome inherited the shack on the family property where she lived and worked with her son Lukas. Amor overheard her mother’s dying wish and her father’s promise to give the house to Salome….soon forgotten and ignored by all except Amor…for the next 30 years. The snake business seemed appropriate for the family, and dishonest Pa dying from a snake bite was definitely poetic justice. Horrible and untimely deaths of all except Amor seemed to suggest that they got what they deserved for being so selfish and unwilling to keep Pa’s promise. Hopefully, Salome will get the property and the funds from Amor, but the ending was left hanging on that as Amor climbs down from the roof to go to town with shallow Desiree. I’m left hoping lightning doesn’t strike twice before Amor can fulfill her promise.

sccbrookline ,

Stunning writing

Moving story, uniquely told.

More Books Like This

Slow Man Slow Man
2005
Blood-Drenched Beard Blood-Drenched Beard
2015
Black Rabbit Hall Black Rabbit Hall
2016
The Living The Living
2018
Ideal Ideal
2015
Loop Tracks Loop Tracks
2022

More Books by Damon Galgut

The Good Doctor The Good Doctor
2014
In a Strange Room In a Strange Room
2010
The Good Doctor The Good Doctor
2012
In a Strange Room In a Strange Room
2012
Arctic Summer Arctic Summer
2014
The Impostor The Impostor
2009

Customers Also Bought

Homeland Elegies Homeland Elegies
2020
Shuggie Bain Shuggie Bain
2020
Apeirogon: A Novel Apeirogon: A Novel
2020
Intimacies Intimacies
2021
The Bee Sting The Bee Sting
2023
Small Things Like These Small Things Like These
2021