349pp., paperback, Reprint, London, (1998) 1999
Winner of the 1998 Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Novel Africa Region and the Sanlam Prize for Fiction.
A debut novel set in Cape Town under apartheid. Eleven-year-old Lily lives with her grandmother, aunt and uncle in District Six. When, under The Group Area Act, the family are threatened with losing their home and being forced to move to the Cape Flats, Lily's mother returns from Johannesburg to fight against the removals.
"Tough, smart and vulnerable ... emblematic of an entire people" Independent
"Highly readable, sensitive and intensely moving ... a fine achievement" Mail and Guardian
Pamela Jooste is the author of the novels Frieda and Min, Like Water in Wild Places, People Like Ourselves and Star of the Morning. She lives in Cape Town.