Many readers are familiar with Paton's famous book Cry, the Beloved Country, but may have overlooked this odd title. Nevertheless, Too Late the Phalarope is a classic worth delving into, a well-written and deep tale full of moral twists and turns. The main character, Pieter, is a hero and icon in his small South African town. A war hero and police officer, he embodies the strong, silent and gruff type, but inside, he's suffocating. He's surrounded by a culture and family that value tradition and respectability above all, including sincere communication and affection. As Pieter drowns in temptation, confusion and loneliness, the reader is left to decide whether his demise is his own fault, or partially the fault of his family, friends and society. The book raises deep questions about race, morality, society, gender roles, family relationships and so much more. This would be a great choice for readers who enjoy classic literature, and an excellent choice for a more serious book discussion.
Recommended by Erica Jesonis