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Presenting Ekow Duker’s Dying in New York (Plus: Book Trailer)

Dying in New YorkPan Macmillan presents an exciting new novel from Oil field engineer turned banker turned writer Ekow Duker, Dying in New York:

“A long time ago, before I had breasts, sense or a husband, I knew one day I would die in New York. I must have been no more than twelve and the jacaranda trees were about to burst into their lilac-coloured song. I’d never been to New York. Actually I’d never been out of our northern Johannesburg suburb, except for my monthly visits to Doctor Sydney Malema.” – From Dying in New York

Dying in New York is the haunting story of Lerato Malema, a young and irrepressible South African whose wit and resilience shine through despite the abuse she has endured from before the age of twelve at the hands of her father, Thabo.

The narrative opens in a psychiatrist’s office overlooking the Hudson River. Against a backdrop of the magnificent Manhattan skyline, Lerato paints an absorbing picture of her decade-long journey from Johannesburg to the United States. Her story transitions seamlessly from the sessions with Dr Evelyn Webber, her psychiatrist, to her escape from an abusive home and her experiences of the underbelly of modern South Africa.

At its heart, Dying in New York is a story of hope and deep longing, made all the more poignant by Lerato’s startling candour from the first page until the book’s surprising conclusion.

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About the author

Oil field engineer turned banker turned writer Ekow Duker was educated in Ghana, the United Kingdom, the United States and France. His time in the oil industry took him to the harsh expanses of the Sahara desert and the fetid swamps of the Niger delta, with lengthy stopovers in several countries in between. Since leaving the oil field, Ekow has worked mainly as a corporate strategist and in banking, roles that, at their core, are really all about storytelling. Ekow lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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