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Mother to Mother (Bluestreak)by Sindiwe Magona
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Sindiwe Magona's novel Mother to Mother explores the South African legacy of apartheid through the lens of a woman who remembers a life marked by oppression and injustice. Magona decided to write this novel when she discovered that Fulbright Scholar Amy Biehl, who had been killed while working to organize the nation's first ever democratic elections in 1993, died just a few yards away from her own permanent residence in Guguletu, Capetown. She then learned that one of the boys held responsible for the killing was in fact her neighbor's son. Magona began to imagine how easily it might have been her own son caught up in the wave of violence that day. The book is based on this real-life incident, and takes the form of an epistle to Amy Biehl's mother. The murderer's mother, Mandisi, writes about her life, the life of her child, and the colonized society that not only allowed, but perpetuated violence against women and impoverished black South Africans under the reign of apartheid. The result is not an apology for the murder, but a beautifully written exploration of the society that bred such violence.
"Mother to Mother" is a powerful novel of sorrow and compassion based on the real-life murder of Amy Biehl, a Fulbright scholar organizing democratic elections who was killed by a mob in a black South African township.
About the Author
Sindiwe Magona holds a master's degree from Columbia University. She is the author of two memoirs and two story collections, as well as the novel Mother to Mother (Beacon / 0949-0 / $14.00 pb). She lives in New York City, where she works for the United Nations. She has contributed to The New York Times and has been anthologized in Under African Skies.
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