Outside the Lines by Ameera Patel
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Outside the Lines is Ameera Patel's debut novel, published to critical acclaim in South Africa where it was long listed for a Barry Ronge Fiction Award (2017). The novel probes the many facets of Johannesburg's middle class and working class ethnic cultures and reveals a slice of African life that many don't realize is there. Patel cuts across stereotypes and clichés to explore the real conflicts in Nelson Mandela's "rainbow nation." The novel is tight, no wasted words, with raw prose that sings. Already translated and published in Germany. For any reader that recognizes that the veil of suburban culture can only mask the rotten core for so long.