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The Pickup
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When Julie Summer's car breaks down on a sleazy street in a South African city, a young Arab named Abdu comes to her aid. Their attraction to one another is fueled by different motives. Julie is in rebellion against her wealthily background and her father; Abdu, an illegal immigrant, is desperate to avoid deportation to his impoverished country. In the course of their relationship, there are unpredictable consequences, and overwhelming emotions will overturn each one's notion of the other. (Back cover)

Blog: Picking up the Pickup


The Great Books Foundation
A reading guide to The Pickup

Penguin Reading Guides -- The Pickup

Picking up the Other: Nadine Gordimer's The Pickup
Franz Meier, Feb. 2003.

Awakening by J. M.Coetzee
The New York Review of Books, Oct. 23, 2003

Review of The Pickup - Apartheid of the Heart
by Maureen Freely
New Statesman, September 10, 2001

Review of The Pickup by Anthony York
Salon, December 6, 2001


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Lovers Dream of Escape, From Different Worlds by Michiko Kakutani
New York Times, October 9, 2001

How the Other Half Loves by Andrew Sullivan
New York Times, December 9, 2001