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Outside the Lines

Ameera Patel


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Paperback (3/7/2016)


  • One of 10 Novels You Should Read in June --CrimeReads
  • Starred review, Publishers Weekly
  • Listed on CrimeReads' The Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020: Summer Reading Edition
  • Listed in the New York Times Globetrotting 2020 preview
Outside the Lines is a journey through the underbelly of Johannesburg, South Africa and the intimacy of family drama scattered across racial, religious, and class divisions. Drug addict Cathleen is kidnapped and her distracted, middle-class family fails to notice her absence; Zilindile, who services Cathleen's drug habit, and his Muslim Indian girlfriend Farhana, struggle to make sense of their relationship despite their very different backgrounds; and domestic worker Flora and the silent Runyararo, who was painting Cathleen's house until accused by Cathleen's father of stealing, become entangled with romance and criminals, leading to the ultimate tragedy. A taut novel that walks the line between family drama, crime novel, thriller, and black comedy.

Catalyst Press, 9781946395351, 208pp.

Publication Date: June 9, 2020