311pp., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (2003) 2020
A novel set in the 1930s, about a woman born into a community of poor woodcutters living in the Knysna forest. Soon after marrying she realises that she has made a mistake and leaves her husband to return to the forest.
The book has been made into a feature film.
Award-winning author Dalene Matthee was posthumously honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the South African Department of Arts and Culture in 2007. She died in 2005. Her books have been translated into 14 languages. Her other novels include Kringe in 'n Bos, Fiela se Kind, Moerbeibos and Pieternella van die Kaap.