When Pretoria boy Ted Botha moved to New York City, he was not so
much an immigrant as someone on the make – a travelling South
African looking to broaden his horizons. In no time he’d lied his
way into a job in the New York magazine industry. Then he stumbled
upon a small old dilapidated building in Harlem and moved in.
Several blocks away, flats were selling for $1 million and more,
yet he’d found one he could afford. What seemed like a fantastic
opportunity, however, quickly descended into a world of chaos,
lies, conspiracies, suspicion, drug dealing, police raids and death
threats. Behind much of it slithered that terrible beast Botha
thought he had left behind in South Africa, race. And the worse
things got in the New World, the more Botha thought of the world he
had left behind, Africa. Could he ever reconcile the two and
survive the anarchy rampant in his old building? In equal parts
memoir, comedy and tragedy – not to mention a travelogue/travelog
(with some detours into American spelling along the way) –
Flat/White brings to life a cast of characters that you won’t soon
forget, in a story you won’t actually believe is true. But it is.
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