Mating | Granta

  • Published: 03/10/2013
  • ISBN: 9781847087836
  • 129x20mm
  • 496 pages


Norman Rush

An American anthropologist is at a loose end in Botswana. She is ferociously intelligent and wonderfully inquisitive. She is also in love with Nelson Denoon, a charismatic intellectual who runs an experimental women-only utopian village in the Kalahari. At times wildly comic but also magnificently cerebral, Mating is a profound exploration of the human condition and a moving love story, circling the question ‘what do men and women really want?’

One of the most hypnotic reading experiences I've ever had... every feminist would be proud to claim this extraordinary novel as her own

Margaret Forster, Sunday Telegraph

[A] striking success


Dizzyingly readable... has that feeling, rare and unforgettable in contemporary fiction, of everything being at stake - ethically, emotionally and imaginatively... The best novel published this year, and doubtless for some to come


The Author

Norman Rush is the author of four books; Whites, Mating (winner of the National Book Award), Mortals and Subtle Bodies. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review and Best American Short Stories. He and his wife Elsa were Co-Directors of the Peace Corps program in Botswana. They now live in upstate New York.

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‘Who should write memoirs? I have the not-entirely-serious and absurdly restrictive idea that only morally extraordinary people could write them honestly without much shame’

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Norman Rush

‘I nursed a precocious rage at the stratagems society was employing to keep me from seeing naked women.’