The unseen Leopard
Human & Rousseau 2010
Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2011: Africa Region
Shortlisted for the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa 2012.
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About The Unseen Leopard
“I killed your sister after all, which is hardly endearing…”
So begins James McIntyre’s devastating account of his role in the death of Melissa Campbell, a young doctor living on her Eastern Cape family farm and working in the rural clinic where James is conducting research.
Three years after Melissa’s death, her sister Samantha can barely function. She survives by suppressing painful memories and focusing on raising Melissa’s little boy. But an initiative to incorporate the family farm into a biosphere reserve forces her to embark on a journey that will confront the past and uncover distressing truths surrounding her sister’s life and death.
The story tells of betrayal, deception, genetic engineering, sisterhood…and a lonely and reluctant quest for salvation.
It is a complex novel, but Pitt deftly weaves her strands together, and the climax is both gripping and moving…. a powerful novel about people, grief, the long, clutching fingers of the past and, ultimately, forgiveness. Margaret von Klemperer, Natal Witness 15 December 2010
I found The Unseen Leopard absolutely compelling and multilayered… It is my South African novel of the year so far, and I predict it will be a major contender for our premier literary awards. – Tony Weaver, Cape Times on October 7, 2010.