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YELLOWBONE

Ekow Duker

  • Original Title: YELLOWBONE
  • Publication date: March 2019
  • Publisher: Kwela
  • Country: ZA
  • 352 print pages
  • Drama

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Ghana, South Africa, United Kingdom
  • Themes: FAMILY, Childhood, Paternity, Filiation, PEOPLE facing life, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Manipulation, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Exclusion, Racism, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Multiculturalism, Integration, Intolerance, CHARACTERS, Strong Female Character

Pitch

Karabo, a light-skinned South African girl, grew up with the hurtful cry of ‘yellowbone’ ringing in her ears. She has high aspirations and goes to London to study architecture. When she's invited to a private recital, an antique violin binds her fate to that of a virtuoso with a secret - though no saint, he sees angels when he plays a beautiful piece of music...

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Ekow Duker is a South African author, most notably recognised for his novel WHITE WAHALA, which was shortlisted for the European Union Literary Award in 2011/2012.

Summary

Growing up in Mthatha, light-skinned Karabo is called ‘yellowbone’. She often hears her parents argue, not realising her complexion, and questions surrounding her paternity, is the cause. To Karabo, there can be no greater bond than the one between her and ‘Teacher’, as her father is called.

People expect ‘exotic’ Karabo to coast through life on her looks. But she has high aspirations and goes to London to study architecture. When Karabo is invited to a private recital, a priceless antique violin binds her fate to that of virtuoso André Potgieter who came to London to hide his secret - though no saint, he sees angels when he plays a beautiful piece of music. Whether it is synaesthesia or something otherworldly, he cannot say. All he knows is that he would do anything to keep seeing the engele, but these days they rarely come to him.

Events on the night of the recital cause Karabo to run away to Ghana to the refuge of her father, but her plans go horribly wrong. And André soon follows for his own selfish reasons.

Spanning three countries - South Africa, Britain and Ghana - YELLOWBONE is a story exploring belonging and identity, justice, deceit and truth.

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  • Author’s biography

    Ekow Duker is a South African author, most notably recognised for his novel WHITE WAHALA, which was shortlisted for the European Union Literary Award in 2011/2012. He was educated in Ghana, the United Kingdom, the United States, and France. He worked as an oil field engineer before becoming a banker, and then as an author. Aside from writing, he works as a corporate strategist and in banking.