Shark's Egg |
Shark’s Egg marks Henrietta Rose-Innes’s debut as a novelist. The novel is as fresh and vital as the sea itself – and as menacing. It tells of a young woman's loss, and ultimate reclamation, of a childhood sense of freedom and self-worth as it traces her experiences through high school, an abortive university fine-arts degree, an unconventional relationship with a handy-man and a complicated friendship with a former schoolmate.
"This book marks a new start for South African fiction in the way that it takes the interior world of the self as its prime focus ... We may just have the chance to begin to find out what living in South Africa is like from the inside if we have books of this quality." Tony Morphet
“You can’t even dream of putting the book down. You are in it totally. Living it. I can’t remember when I last read an entire book in one day … " Alex Dodd, Style "Effortlessly readable and memorable, a salute from the twentysomethings, to show they are alive and swimming up. One hopes Rose-Innes is hard at work on her next." Jane Rosenthal, Mail & Guardian
"Tight, fresh and beautifully written novel about alienation, and love, and growing up, and getting bogged down, and reclaiming self-esteem …" Heather Parker, Cosmopolitan
“Henrietta Rose-Innes is a master of the beautifully thought-out metaphor. Her prose is elegant and liquid, and carries you along throughout this accomplished first novel.” Helen Brain, Cape Times
“A compelling story …Rose-Innes has a clear, bold style, that sweeps her story along with admirable swiftness. There is a chilling complexity and layering to the story, but it never hinders the urgency with which the reader travels through the text to the final, inevitable denouement.” Sharon Sorour-Morris, Femina