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Review of Behr's Kings of thE Water,
This review is from: Kings Of The Water (Paperback)
This is a beautifully written, moving and unsettling work of fiction by one of the best writers I have read in years. In this work, Behr's themes, passions and love of words comes acutely into focus giving us a powerful look at race, gender and sexuality in the Western world. A young man returns to his homeland (South Africa) to bury his mother. He leaves in San Francisco his lover, his current life and refinds loves of the past, his aging father, the blacks who have sustained his Afrikaner familyKings of the Waterfor generations, and the community in which he grew up and from which he ran away. What ensues is often heartbreaking, hilarious and even hopeful. The book is full of surprises and thoughts about the unexpected that awaits us all. I highly recommend it to everyone -who should also read Behr's earlier works "The Smell of apples" and Embrace.
Sandra Kiersky, Ph.D.
Santa Fe, New Mexico and Manhattan, New York