Dawn Promislow was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has lived in Toronto since 1987. Her collection Jewels and Other Stories (Mawenzi House Publishers, 2010) was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and named one of the eight best fiction debuts of 2011 by The Globe and Mail. Wan is her first novel.
Narrated in a distinctive and mesmerizing voice, Wan is the story of Jacqueline, a privileged artist in 1970s South Africa. After an anti-apartheid activist comes to hide in her garden house, Jacqueline’s carefully constructed life begins to unravel. In gorgeous and spare prose, this debut novel grapples with questions of complicity and guilt, of privilege, and of the immeasurable value of art and of life.