: Magona (S.)

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308pp., paperback, school edition, Cape Town, (1998) 2020


This novel is based on the death of American Fulbright scholar Amy Biehl, killed by a group of young men in Guguletu, Cape Town, in August 1993. She died a few metres away from Sindiwe Magona's house, and one of the boys held responsible for the killing was Magona's neighbour's son. The novel takes the form of an epistle written by this boy's mother to Amy Biehl's mother.

Sindiwe Mangona is also the author of two autobiographical books, "To My Children's Children" and "Forced to Grow", two collections of short stories, "Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night" and "Push-Push and Other Stories" and the novel, "Beauty's Gift".