The Pickup

by Nadine Gordimer

An unsettling novel where style and content contribute to make you pause and think. A white woman falls in love with a black Muslim, illegally working in her country. The relationship makes her question her life and ultimately changes her. The end might surprise you ...


The book she has been reading lies on her breasts, open face-down at a page where she has come upon a sentence, a statement, that seems to have been written for her long before she came into existence and came to this space in the time of her life. She has read it over again and again, so that it is written, read, on the air around her, around him and her, on the sky looking down upon them. 'I decided to postpone our future as long as possible, leaving everything in its present state.'


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