The Lion Seeker

By Kenneth Bonert
(Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780547898049, 576pp.)

Publication Date: October 15, 2013

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“This is a perfect book, and given that it is Bonert's debut novel, it's even more astounding. He uses South African apartheid, where blacks are treated like the Jews of Eastern Europe, to convey the drama of a Lithuanian family's emigration to escape the very debasement that they then perpetrate on those who live in their new community. It's a complicated story well told, emotional, fraught with angst, but also with some of the most memorable characters in recent fictional history.”
-- Gayle Shanks, Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ


In the tradition of the great immigrant sagas, THE LION SEEKER brings us Isaac Helger, son of Lithuanian Jewish immigrants, surviving the streets of Johannesburg in the shadow of World War II

About the Author
KENNETH BONERT's work has appearedin McSweeney's 25, Grain, and The Fiddlehead. A former journalist, his work hasappeared in the Globe and Mail and other publications. Born in South Africa, he is the grandson of Lithuanian immigrants.

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013

Before World War II, numerous Jewish emigrants left Lithuania for South Africa. In his debut novel, Kenneth Bonert tells the story of a family among their number. As reviewer Ellah Allfrey writes, despite a few rookie mistakes, that story is told with great inventiveness and care. More at

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