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FOR BOOK CLUBS!  Here is a discussion guide for Wan for book clubs to use, it is available for free download, from my publisher. 

Wan, a novel

A South African woman, an artist, unravels after an anti-apartheid activist, hiding from the police, moves into her garden house.

The story grapples with questions of complicity and guilt, of privilege, and of the value of art and of life.

One of CBC Books's most anticipated titles for May

One of CBC's books to watch in their spring 2022 preview.

One of 49th Shelf's most anticipated Spring 2022 fiction titles.

Advance praise for Wan

 

Wan is a masterpiece. This beautiful, painterly, sublime, and sonically exquisite novel by Dawn Promislow is a work of utter genius.” 

—Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, author of All the Broken Things

 

"A stunning, compelling read, Dawn Promislow’s first novel belongs to the literature of witness — an eloquent portrayal of a white South African woman in the apartheid era, one which speaks with a universal voice to our present moment. The author captures Jacqueline’s quiet but acute unease, as she and her husband negotiate a perilous world, the courage it asks of them, and the catastrophe that follows. This is riveting work, courageous and honest, written with moral engagement and deep reflection."

—Carole Giangrande, author of The Tender Birds and All That is Solid Melts Into Air

"A very still but articulate woman speaks with great precision about her privileged life in apartheid South Africa. But the stillness is an illusion. Beneath her calm voice, political pressure is building and sexual tension is rising. The atmosphere in this...powerful novel is the literary equivalent of the highly charged atmosphere you feel before a major storm. I couldn't put this book down."        

—Antanas Sileika, author of Provisionally Yours

"This exquisite novel insists on being read at the pace of its narrator's voice. An insistence I gave into like a warm spring, heated by the relentless tectonic shifts taking place beneath the surface."

Darcie Friesen Hossack, Commonwealth Writers Prize shortlisted author of Mennonites Don't Dance

ON SALE MAY 1, 2022

 

Until then, the book can be pre-ordered from the publisher, Freehand Books, from your local independent bookstore, such as this one (or any other!), or from Chapters/Indigo and Amazon in Canada, or Amazon in the US or overseas. You can also ask your local library to pre-order a copy.