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Henrietta Rose-Innes + Julie Shigekuni w/ Aaron Bady
November 21, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Katya Grubbs is Cape Town’s only ethical pest removal specialist. She expertly wrangles every manner of wild critter, creature or beast with the help of her unwitting nephew, Toby. When she is hired to remove the exotic beetles that have overrun Nineveh, a new luxury housing development on the coast, Katya finds that bugs aren t the only unwelcome creatures hiding in the new (but inhabited) apartments. As she investigates further, it becomes clear that Nineveh is fast becoming an environmental, not to mention architectural, blunder. With marshlands encroaching on its borders, and the nearby seaside more menace than attraction, Katya becomes immersed in the world of Nineveh’s few residentsthe mysterious caretakers and scavenger crews that survive in its shadow. It is only when her estranged fathera professional exterminator fallen on hard timesreappears in her life, that Nineveh’s deeper secrets are exposed.
About In Plain View:
Daidai and her husband Hiroshi have what many of their friends believe is a perfect life. Daidai has recently left her job as curator of the Japanese American Museum in Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo so that she and Hiroshi, a university professor, can try for a baby. Frustrated by their lack of success so far, and by their increasingly clinical love life, Daidai befriends Satsuki, one of Hiroshi’s graduate students. Newly arrived from Japan, Satsuki clings to her friendship to Daidai and quickly becomes a mainstay in their household.
Spurred by a revelation concerning Satsuki’s estranged mother and a disturbing trip to Japan where Daidai discovered Satsuki’s father was engaged in illegal, and illicit, activities, Daidai begins to seriously question Satsuki’s seemingly innocent connection to three possible murders.
Daidai’s concerns about Satsuki are dismissed as jealousy by her husband until Daidai’s investigation will lead to a harrowing confrontation between the two women, and Satsuki’s true intentions will be revealed. At once a taut psychological thriller and examination of cultural divides, Shigekuni’s “In Plain View” is never as it appears.