Theo & Flora by Mark Winkler

17 Oct 2018
Theo & Flora by Mark Winkler

When stalled novelist Charlie Wasserman’s investment-banker wife divorces him, he finds among her belongings a box of letters. Written between 1940 and 1944, the letters reveal a love affair between her grandfather, Theo, a forty-something lawyer at the time, and Flora, a much younger journalist.

Even though Wasserman’s ex-wife has her lawyers instruct him to destroy the letters, an idea for a new book – a novel that could rekindle his career – is sparked.

As Wasserman’s preoccupation with the story of Theo and Flora grows, their lives unfurl in a symphony of brilliant detail against the backdrop of 1940s Cape Town and the war in Europe, in finely crafted prose full of wit and poignancy.

Theo & Flora showcases the skill of one of South Africa’s great contemporary novelists.

About the author:
Mark Winkler is the author of the critically acclaimed novels An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Absolutely Everything, Wasted (longlisted for the Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize and published worldwide as My Name is Nathan Lucius, and in French as Je m’appelle Nathan Lucius). His third novel, The Safest Place You Know was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize in 2017. He lives in Cape Town where he once too came across a box of old love letters.

Publisher: Umuzi
Release: October 2018