The Fetch by Finuala Dowling
Dowling, previous author of What Poets Need and Flyleaf among others, is one of my favourite South African writers. In a country where politics is such a prevalent issue, it’s sometimes refreshing to read a story that steers clear of this topic. The story is set in Slangkop, a small community near Kommetjie. Nina, a librarian and hopeless romantic, falls in love with Chas, a flamboyant and glamorous copywriter and notorious party-thrower. William, scientist and eccentric, harbours secret feelings for Nina. Over time Nina discovers that her assumptions were misguided. The combination of Dowling’s beautiful writing, subtle yet incisive wit and her focus on nuance of character is what makes her books such a delight.