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Till We Can Keep an Animalby Megan Voysey-Braig
"The author has talent that turns pages, and she spins female characters who deal fiercely with their inheritance of violence by men." Gaiutra Bahadur, Ms. Magazine (read the entire Ms. Magazine review)
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Till We Can Keep an Animal is about a middle-aged woman who was attacked, raped and murdered in her home by armed robbers, Voysey-Briag says "I keep her alive so that her story continues. I invite her family members, those who are alive and dead, to tell their stories through her. She is the main protagonist and the narrator".
Giving voice to the countless female victims of crime and homicide in South Africa, this disturbingly frank yet sensitively rendered tale is the harrowing account of a middle-aged woman who is attacked, raped, and murdered in her home by armed intruders.
Drawing overdue attention to South Africa's overwhelming history of violence against women, this revealing story is a beautiful, jarringly unfiltered account of an unimaginably cruel reality. Narrated with a cultural authenticity that is quintessentially South African and infused with an air of impossible hope and optimism, this literary journey delivers compelling insight that illuminates both the light and dark elements of human nature.
About the Author
Megan Voysey-Braig is the winner of the 2007/08 European Union Literary Award for Best First Novel.
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