I picked up this book because I love Stephen Dorff in the film adaptation, but I couldn't put down the book because it was so good. This book follows a young British boy who grows up in South Africa in the midst of appartheid. In addition to a great story, you get a look at the recent history of South Africa and the relations between the many ethnic groups there without the dryness of a history lesson. Beautifully written with wonderfully three-dimensional characters, every one of them.
Queenrandom is a postdoc at Big 10 Research U (BRU) somewhere in the Midwest and does kickass molecular biology cancer research. She is married to a guy who calls himself the Lucky Bastard and together they have raised 2 cats, Max Power and Milo, and a dog, Freki.