The Fifth Mrs Brink by Karina M. Szczurek
09 May 2017
Karina M. Szczurek’s soul-baring memoirs of her life before, with and after her marriage to André P. Brink details a year of widowhood and a love to last a lifetime. This is the book which shows decisively that Karina is a writer in her own right, still coming in to her full creative powers, and simultaneously silences any gossips who might still have disbelieved Karina and André Brink’s love for one another.
A homage to a marriage cut tragically short by Brink’s death, in 2015 at 79 years old, and a diary of creative dissolution and knitting back together, The Fifth Mrs Brink combines enough literary skinner, salacious detail and moving romantic description of dealing with the death of a loved one to satisfy fans of her and her husband, both old and new.
About the author
Karina Szczurek was born in Jelenia Góra, Poland, and lived in Austria, the United States and Wales, before finding a home in South Africa when she met and married the love of her life, author André P. Brink. She is a well-regarded editor, award-winning playwright and also writes short stories, book reviews, essays and poetry. Her first novel Invisible Others was published in 2014. Karina lives in Cape Town with her cat family, Glinka, Salieri and Mozart. She has two books forthcoming in 2017: The Fifth Mrs Brink, a memoir (Jonathan Ball) and Fake Lives, a novel (Protea).