Once it seemed to Kathleen Healey that Africa was empty and all of it belonged to her. An aviator, big-game hunter, and knitting devotee who once boxed three rounds with Hemingway in a Kenyan gym, she would land her plane wherever and whenever she chose. She was free with her favors, too, and her multitude of lovers came from all over the world. When she dies, her only son, Alexander - an air-conditioning salesman who has done his best to escape his mother's world - returns to Johannesburg to carry out her last wishes. He also inherits her house and her gardener who, like Alexander, is an exile himself. But when he meets his new next-door neighbor, a woman whose skin color and African experience differ drastically from his own, Alexander must confront the final part of his mother's legacy - the capacity for love.
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