119pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2020
The village children find a red box with a bird woman in it. Her wings are broken and she's not talking. And yet the fountain begins to flow again and an old woman and a crippled child are healed.
Marlize Hobbs' novel, Flarde, won the 2006 Eugène Marais prize, the University of Johannesburg prize for a debut novel, and the Jan Rabie/Rapport prize for innovative Afrikaans prose. She is also the author of the novel Score my 'n gwai and the poetry collection Soetkys vol drome.