Subjects Freshman Year Reading African American Studies African Studies American Studies Anthropology Art, Film, Music and Architecture Asian Studies Business and Economics Criminology Education Environmental Studies Foreign Language Instructional Materials Gender Studies History Irish Studies Jewish Studies Latin American & Caribbean Studies Law and Legal Studies Literature and Drama Literature in Spanish Media Issues, Journalism and Communication Middle East Studies Native American Studies Philosophy Political Science Psychology Reference Religion Russian and Eastern European Studies Science and Mathematics Sociology Study Aids

E-Newsletters: Click here to be notified of new titles in your field
Click here to request Desk/Exam copies
Freshman Year Reading
View Our Award Winners
Click here to view our Catalogs
Rowing Lesson

Upgrade to the Flash 9 viewer for enhanced content, including the ability to browse & search through your favorite titles.
Click here to learn more!

Order Exam Copy
  • About this Book
E-Mail this Page Print this Page
Add This - Rowing Lesson

Written by Anne LandsmanAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Anne Landsman

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Press
  • On Sale: November 1, 2008
  • Price: $12.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-56947-528-7 (1-56947-528-8)
Also available as an eBook.
about this book

Winner of the South African M-Net Literary Prize (English category)

Betsy Klein is summoned from her home in the United States to the bedside of her dying father in a South African hospital. Faced with having to say goodbye, she delves into his mind, speaking to him in the lyrical second-person. She imaginatively recreates his life–his struggles to become a doctor after being orphaned young and his fight to win the respect of his Boer patients as a Jew–as well as her own experiences with him as a father.

“Rarely in South African writing will we encounter language of such fire and passion.”–J.M. Coetzee

“The beauty of The Rowing Lesson is in its fluid metaphors, its urgent storytelling . . . and the lyric desperation of a daughter’s love.”–O Magazine

“Beautiful. . . . Unfailingly original.”–Jennifer Egan

“Visceral. . . . Intensely exhilarating.”–The New York Times Book Review

“Like Joyce or William Gass or John Edgar Wideman, Anne Landsman fashions a sensual web of memory and desire, rescuing a world on the brink of extinction through the power of her lyricism.”–Stewart O’Nan

“Amazing.”–Los Angeles Times

“A tour de force.”–Roxana Robinson

“An adventure in language. . . . It makes art of life.”–Louis Menand