Steven’s father refused to talk about their past in South Africa. Eventually, he stopped yearning for answers. He made peace with his father’s silence and moved on to build a career and a family of his own. At age 48, after losing his father to cancer, Steven gained knowledge of a staggering fact. The mother he had spent his childhood mourning was very much alive and very different from the brave, selfless woman he had imagined. Steven’s mother Michaela risked her life for not only the cause of justice and equality for all South Africans, but also for the love of one black man. For following her principles and her passion, she suffered terrible consequences and faced agonizing choices, especially the decision to stay in South Africa as a fugitive, and forfeit her relationship with her son. More
Neville D. Frankel Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Neville Frankel immigrated to Boston with his family when he was 14. After graduating from Dartmouth College, he pursued doctoral work in English literature at the University of Toronto. While in Canada, he wrote The Third Power, a well-reviewed political thriller about the transformation of Rhodesia to Zimbabwe. He also received an Emmy for his work on a BBC documentary, The Hillside Strangler: Mind of a Murderer. In 2002 he returned to South Africa for the first time in 38 years. Over the next decade he went back several more times, researching what would become Bloodlines.
When he’s not writing, Frankel works as a financial planner and was included in Boston Magazine’s 2010 list of Top Scoring Wealth Managers in the Boston Area. He also has a keen passion for painting. Frankel has three grown children and lives outside Boston with his wife Marlene. More
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BLOODLINES is not only a compelling, moving love story that features two remarkable, believable people, but their passionate quest for happiness is inextricably woven into South Africa’s recent history as they fight against the injustices of apartheid. Neville Frankel’s native land is as much a character in this novel as the people he has created. He takes his readers into a journey that explores the vivid contrasts of a country both beautiful and brutal, and rewards us with a book that is a triumphant celebration of human dignity and the abiding power of love.”
–Lucie Prinz, former editor,
The Atlantic Monthly
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