Mating (novel)

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First edition
Author Norman Rush
Cover artist [a]
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Publication date
Media type Print
ISBN 978-0-394-54472-4

Mating is a novel by American author Norman Rush. It is a first-person narrative by an unnamed American anthropology graduate student in Botswana around 1980. It focuses on her relationship with Nelson Denoon, a controversial American anthropologist who has founded an experimental matriarchal village in the Kalahari desert.

Mating won the 1991 National Book Award for Fiction.[1]


  1. ^ The cover art for Mating, like that for Rush's earlier short story collection Whites, incorporates a detail from The Garden of Earthly Delights, a triptych by Hieronymous Bosch.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "National Book Awards – 1991". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-28.
    (With essays by Lee Taylor Gaffigan and Jim Shepard from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog.)
Preceded by
Middle Passage
Charles Johnson
National Book Award for Fiction
Succeeded by
All the Pretty Horses
Cormac McCarthy