344pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2019
The sequel to Jennifer Friedman's memoir Queen of the Free State, about growing up Jewish in a small town in the Orange Free State, South Africa, in the 1950s and 1960s. The Messiah's Dream Machine picks up where Queen of the Free State leaves off, and tells of her time at boarding school in Cape Town, marriage and motherhood, years in Johannesburg and Israel, and emigrating to Australia, where she now lives.
"Bewitching. Nostalgia with teeth." Mike Nicol, author of Sleeper and Agents of the State