Books by Zoë Wicomb

Zoë Wicomb was born in South Africa in 1948 and returned in 1991, after twenty years of voluntary exile, to teach at the University of the Western Cape. The author of two previous works of fiction, she currently lives in Glasgow and teaches at the Univers


OCTOBER by Zoë  Wicomb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"A carefully crafted, if at times overly austere, study of home and loss."
A heartsick academic heads from Scotland to her native South Africa to help repair her brother's broken family—and somberly, slowly muse on her past. Read full book review >
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by Zoë  Wicomb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2009

"Writing fiction connecting Scotland and South Africa presents a challenge, but Wicomb makes both worlds her own."
Elliptical stories about the complexities of race, class, gender, generation and geography. Read full book review >
PLAYING IN THE LIGHT by Zoë  Wicomb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2006

"Stylistically nuanced and psychologically astute, this tight, dense novel gives complex history a human face."
Uninvited but unavoidable, the ghosts of politics past haunt the living in this deep and subtle novel about the wary interracial relationship of two Capetown women. Read full book review >
DAVID’S STORY by Zoë  Wicomb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 2001

"A provocative post-apartheid novel that raises troubling questions about the role of women, Coloreds, and other non-African minorities in the new South Africa."
The publisher's latest entry in the Women Writing Africa series: a postmodern tale of the new South Africa that brings a rich sense of allusion, irony, and the past to the dangers the hero, a Griqua descendant of the original Khoi inhabitants, faces when he finds his life threatened in an increasingly African nationalist milieu. Read full book review >