Recommended by bookseller Karin Scherer:
"Coetzee picks up the thread in this novel exactly where the previous one “The Childhood of Jesus” finished. Narrated in the present tense with a lot of dialogue, Coetzee serves up the story from the point of view of a dedicated but uncomprehending Simon. No one in the novel is called Jesus – it alludes to a motherless refugee named David. This is a rich and mysterious masterpiece, a mesmerising allegorical tale in which Coetzee confronts us with big philosophical questions about growing up, being a parent, the battle between intellect and emotion. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize this year."