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An elegant and evocative novel about people, place – and pests – by one of South Africa’s most exciting writers. Katya Grubbs, like her father before her, deals in ‘the unlovely and unloved’. Yet in contrast to her father, she is not in the business of pest extermination, but pest relocation. Katya’s unconventional approach brings her to the attention of a property developer whose luxury estate on the fringes of Cape Town, Nineveh, remains uninhabited thanks to an infestation of mysterious insects. As Katya is drawn ever deeper into the chaotic urban wilderness of Nineveh, she must confront unwelcome intrusions from her own past.

From Publishers Weekly

24 October 2016 – South African writer Rose-Innes creates a thoughtful, textured narrative focused on how people interact with their neighbors, the natural world, and the critters that encroach on us all. Katya Grubbs deals in painless pest relocations: no matter the pest, she promises to get rid of it. Instead of exterminating the creatures, she takes them into the wilderness and releases them. It isn't glamorous or high-paying work, but she knows what she's doing and it's a family business. Given the chance at her biggest task yet clearing out troublesome beetles from Nineveh, a new luxury housing complex on the South African coast Katya's attempts don't quite go according to plan. The growing cracks in the walls of her house and the demolition of a tiny park where she used to release insects represent the state of her life. Focused closely on Katya, the narrative is a fragile ecosystem of its own, condensed into her increasingly claustrophobic mind and echoing the environs around her. Katya must find a way to exist with her past and the mixed memories of her father, whose footsteps she followed in despite their estranged relationship. Surreal in style and atmosphere, yet grounded in the reality of place and the ever-present threat of insects, this is a quiet but deep look at the ecosystems we create for ourselves as well as those we can't escape.
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  • Category: Historical
  • Published: 15 November 2016
  • Publisher: Gallic Books
  • Print Length: 300 Pages
  • Language: English
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