Now in Print & eBook: The Sable

THE SABLE by Michael S. Malone. Cover artwork by Carol Marschner Malone.Barking Rain Press announced the hardcover, paperback, and eBook release of The Sable, a novel about race, identity, and revolution in Africa by noted journalist and author Michael S. Malone. The Sable explores the hotly-debated question of who-is-a-true-African? through the interlocking stories of a white Afrikaner rancher and hunting guide, and his native African driver. What begins as a hunting safari in an unnamed country sets off a series of events involving racial animosity, superstition, sexual jealously, and ultimately, the world of black insurgency and farm invasions. It is a story as timely as today’s international headlines—one that proves far more complex than the usual clichés of racial and social tensions.

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According to author Malone, “While The Sable takes place far from my usual turf of Silicon Valley, over multiple trips to Africa I came to appreciate that the source of the political tensions over there were both cultural and personal—it was difficult to separate the two. I’ve tried to embody that combination in my characters, especially the two protagonists, whose animosity appears to be about differences in race and wealth on the surface, but it fact it goes far deeper. And if their ultimate confrontation is political, its resolution very much arises from their private history.”

Rich with the beauty and the complexity of regional life, The Sable is a pastoral epic, a political thriller, and a riveting quest for big game. It immerses the reader in the cultures of black and white, city and countryside, native and immigrant, rich and poor It trajectory is unpredictable, its characters neither good nor evil but as complicated and nuanced as only human beings under stress can be. It also features some of the finest African hunting scenes penned in a generation.

Ask for The Sable at your favorite independent bookstore, or buy it online at the Barking Rain Press website,, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Powells, Waterstones, and many other online bookstores. It is also available as an eBook through Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Google Play, Content Reserve/Overdrive, the Microsoft eBookstore, the Barking Rain Press website, and many other outlets worldwide. Interested readers can read the first four chapters for free here.


BISAC Genre Codes:
FIC051000 — FICTION / Cultural Heritage
FIC045000 — FICTION / Family Life
FIC066000 — FICTION / Small Town & Rural

BIC Genre Codes:
FA — Modern & Contemporary Fiction
FH — Thriller/Suspense

LCCN: 2016944582

Hardcover (366 pp)
ISBN-13: 978-1-941295-15-1
ISBN-10: 1-941295-15-0
Retail Price: $24.99 USD
Distributors: Ingram, Bertram Books, Gardners Books

Trade Paperback (366 pp)
ISBN-13: 978-1-941295-01-4
ISBN-10: 1-941295-02-9
Retail Price: $18.99 USD
Distributors: Ingram, Bertram Books, Gardners Books

eBook (ePub, Kindle, PDF)
ISBN-13: 978-1-941295-02-1
ISBN-10: 1-935460-78-1
Retail Price: $5.99 USD
Distributors: Content Reserve/Overdrive, Ingram

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