: Matlwa (K.)

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190pp., paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (2007) 2021


Winner of the 2007 European Union Literary Award. Joint winner of the 2010 Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature.

Debut novel set in post-apartheid South Africa. Two young women who have grown up black in white suburbia struggle to find their identities.

"One of the most culturally relevant reads of the year" Lerato Mogoatlhe, City Press

"So finely wrought, so cleverly revealed and uncomfortably familiar ... Matlwa tackles an unspoken realm of personal identity in a world where the traditional boundaries between black and white are as clear as a chocolate milkshake." Bobby Jordan, Sunday Times Lifestyle

South African medical doctor Kopano Matlwa is the author of the novels Period Pain and Spilt Milk.