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Readers’ reviews:

Season of Ash is a very good read, really: it’s sharply composed and offers an unusual, and unusually nuanced, look at South Africa, Mandela, et al. It’s also evocative, very humane (not sentimental — yuck! — but humane) and healthily skeptical. . . . The line between humane fiction and sentimental fiction is, as we all know, too often most painfully crossed, but there’s no such crossing of that line in Ash. That’s solid evidence of the author’s intelligence and one reason the book stands out as it does.” Prof. Steven D. Vivian, English Dept., South Suburban College, IL

Season of Ash explores complex contemporary issues — the legacy of colonialism, the use of terrorism as a political weapon by disempowered groups, the continuing importance of wildlife to the quality of human life, and the responsibility of the individual to effect social change — with rare insight and sensitivity. . . . Given the complexity of its vision, the elegant simplicity of this novel’s style is remarkable. The beauty of its prose . . . is understated, powerful, and perfectly suited to its subject.” Prof. Jean Schwind, English Dept., Elon University, NC

Vivid imagery and concise transitions . . . insightful glimpses of humanity . . . the novel moves smoothly from character to character, from year to year, culminating in the interconnectedness of them all. . . . Readers who could not possibly know what life in South Africa was truly like during the political strife are given the opportunity to feel the anguish of those who do.” Vala Huenink, Keynoter

Bryant’s novel is a thoughtful and dignified book in which history and individual lives are woven together through the stark incidents of South Africa’s bloodless revolution. His evocation of the land itself is moving and memorable . . . South Africa is to be for black South Africans not only in terms of voting. Bryant’s familiarity with it lets him avoid stridency and polemic and show us how it feels, smells and sounds.” Rosalind Brackenbury, Solares Hill (Key West Citizen)