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A Distant Shore by Caryl Phillips
A Distant Shore tells the story of two people, both lonely and outside the mainstream of society. Dorothy is retired teacher, Solomon is an African refugee, and they cross paths where they both live in a small English village. Their friendship ends when Solomon is murdered by racist thugs. Caryl Phillips tells their story, reflecting back on their lives once Solomon is murdered. Dorothy is a woman stranded by her choices in life, Solomon abandoned a war-torn country. Coming from two markedly different paths to the same point in time, their stories reflect the Britain that has changed during their lifetimes. This novel has received mixed reviews and the San Francisco Chronicle says, "A Distant Shore is a devastatingly sad, powerful work of displacement, loneliness and racism, about the bottled-up desperate lives of lost souls and the often pathetic attempts they make to connect with the outside world."