295pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019
Also available in Afrikaans as Grensgeval.
A novel about a woman who discovers a letter among her deceased ex-husband’s belongings. The letter, written by a Cuban soldier and addressed to his child, takes her to Cuba to search for the child, to deliver the letter, to atone for her husband's deeds during the war in Angola, and to unravel what growing up in South Africa at that time meant.
South African writer Marita van der Vyver has written novels for adults, young adults and children, as well as short stories and non-fiction. Her adult novels include Entertaining Angels, Forget-me-not Blues and You Lost Me. Her young adult novel The Hidden Life of Hanna Why won the 2002 Sanlam Prize for youth literature. She lives in France.