311pp., illus., paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (2017) 2019
Sisonke Msimang writes about her exile childhood in exile in Zambia, Kenya and Canada, her college years in the USA and her return to South Africa in the 1990s.
"Sisonke Msimang comes along and kindles a new fire in our store of memoir, transforming it into art." Njabulo Ndebele, Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg and former Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Cape Town
"Brutally and uncompromisingly honest, Sisonke's beautifully crafted storytelling enriches the already extraordinary pool of young African women writers of our time. Sisonke, a child of the struggle, revisits the metamorphosis of the value system embraced by the liberation movements and she emerges as a powerful free spirit, nurtured by its resilient core values." Graça Machel, Mozambican politician and humanitarian, widow of former South African President Nelson Mandela and former Mozambican President Samora Machel
"Every South African who wants to define their own path to the future must read this book and hear this voice. Sisonke challenges us not to cry for help, but to scream for change." Jay Naidoo, founding General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions from 1985 to 1993
Sisonke Msimang commutes between South Africa and Australia where she is Programme Director at The Centre for Stories. Previously she was Executive director of the Open Society Initiative for South Africa and the Sonke Gender Justice Network. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Mail and Guardian, The Guardian and Daily Maverick.