Outside the Lines
Outside the Lines is both a thriller and a family drama.
Outside the Lines
Outside the Lines is both a thriller and a family drama. It tells the story of two women: Cathleen, a troubled young woman living in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg; and Flora, who is the domestic worker at Cathleen’s house. Cathleen disappears and tensions and drama ensue.
Ameera Patel is an actor who has worked on stage and in television (best known for her role as Dr Chetty in Generations). She is also an award winning playwright and actor. She received a distinction for her MA in Creative Writing in 2013 (University of the Witwatersrand). Outside the Lines is her first novel.
Outside the Lines has been translated into German and was published by Peter Hammer Verlag in 2016.
Catalyst Press has bought the North American rights and will publish Outside the Lines in the near future.
Ameera Patel’s first novel is edgy, witty, fresh, engaging, moving, memorable. This is an important new voice in the emerging movement of new South African fiction, taking us to places at once familiar and defamiliarised by the sensitivity of the writing. A vivid portrait of contemporary Johannesburg, wide-ranging, passionately engaged and acerbic.
“A deftly crafted novel that blends family drama with crime and black comedy, Outside the Lines is a unique and extraordinary novel by an author with an impressive flair for the kind of narrative storytelling that grips the reader’s full attention and invests them in the characters and events portrayed. A riveting read from first page to last, Outside the Lines is an extraordinary and recommended addition to community and college/university library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections and personal reading lists.”
– Margaret Lane, Reviewer’s Bookwatch
“A particularly fresh and contemporary take on Johannesburg.”
“Leaves a mark on your memory as well as your heart.”
“Nearly all the characters in Patel’s book are breaking rules in some or other deeply human way. Her storytelling is so vivid that the five principal characters, whose names head chapters, live on long after you have put down the novel.”
““Both a light read and sustaining enough to live on in the mind. Though the book reads like a thriller, it is enhanced by the depth Patel gives her characters. The reader feels fully immersed in their consciousnesses. Patel has the ability to take us into the lives of her characters. A remarkably good read.”
Jane Rosenthal, Mail & Guardian