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Empire Settings: A Novel

Schmahmann, David

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ISBN 10: 1893996166 / ISBN 13: 9781893996168
Published by White Pine Press, Buffalo, New York, 2001
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First edition, stated. Signed by the author on the title page: "David Schmahmann." A glossy promo card laid in. The book is square and unmarked; corners sharp, spine ends lightly bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $21.95); Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006148

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Title: Empire Settings: A Novel

Publisher: White Pine Press, Buffalo, New York

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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Danny Divan is a white teenager in South Africa under apartheid when he falls in love with the daughter of a black domestic servant. His family forces the two apart, and eventually his discomfort with the poisonous political atmosphere drives him from the country and to a new life in America.

Within weeks of his arrival in Boston, Danny meets Tesseba, an offbeat but trusting artist who takes him in and marries him so he won’t be deported. Even as they live as a couple and build a life together, and as Danny prospers and his family joins him in exile, the memory of his forbidden first love does not fade. Twenty years later, when Danny returns to the "new" South Africa to salvage what he can of his family’s fortune, he sets out to discover what became of the girl he cannot forget. What he finds instead is the truest version of himself.

This novel traces the ambiguities of love within a family and for another, and tests the shakiness of memory. Empire Settings reveals how love, and the memory of love, can be overwhelmed by changing assumptions about race and belonging.

David Schmahmann was born in Durban, South Africa, and is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Cornell Law School. He has also studied in India and Israel, and his publications include a short story in The Yale Review and articles on legal issues. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts and practices law in Boston. This is his first novel.

The book has been optioned for a film by noted producer Danny Wilson.

About the Author:

David Schmahmann was born in Durban, South Africa. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Cornell Law School and has studied in India and Israel and worked in Burma. Part of Empire Settings appeared as a short story in The Yale Review (and received a Special Mention in The Pushcart Prize XIV), and the author has also published articles and chapters on a variety of legal issues. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, and practices law in Boston.

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