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Eyes in the Night
By Nomavenda Mathiane (Bookstorm)
“1879, the year in which I grew up faster than I could shout my name. That year was the one in which we experienced events and encounters that no one, particularly a child, should ever witness. It was also the year my people lost everything … and were reduced to being vagrants and beggars in the land of their birth.”
Nomavenda Mathiane came upon her grandmother’s story just after burying her own mother. As her family gathered after the funeral, they talked of people living and dead.
A chance remark by her aunt, got Mathiane thinking and on further investigation she learned why her grandmother didn’t share many stories of her past with her family.
Nombhosho Makhoba’s story was filled with drama and tragedy. As her granddaughter, together with her sisters and aunt, pieced together the details of that story, what emerged was a sweeping epic of both personal and political battles.
Eyes in the Night is a story of loss and triumph – a story that would have been lost were it not for a chance remark at a family gathering.
By Ishara Maharaj (Modjaji)
Surya and Anjani are twins, but they couldn’t be more different.
Anjani is devout and responsible while Surya is bent on partying her days away.
The girls leave the safety of their affluent Durban home to study at a university in the Eastern Cape. Their conservative Hindu parents have agreed to the move on condition Anjani looks after Surya at all cost.
But after Surya is viciously assaulted while out partying, both girls’ lives change forever. Not only is their close bond shattered, but the family is torn apart by blame, guilt and accusation.
Slowly, Anjani and Surya must rebuild their lives – with the help of divine providence.
Precious and Grace
By Alexander McCall Smith (Little, Brown)
For years, Precious (Mma Ramotswe) and Grace (Mma Makutsi) – co-directors of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – have been helping people in their community.
But their partnership and friendship is tested by a curious case – a client who wants to rediscover the life she lost when she left Botswana 30 years ago.
As they search for the answers the partners soon find themselves moving in opposite directions, both convinced they are on the right track.
This latest installment in the The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series sees the friendship of Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi put to the test.
This is a story of how coming to terms with the past may be the only way to face the future.