There are Ants in My Sugar is the warm hearted, engaging, and
humorous account of Annica Foxcroft's exile to a pondokkie in the
country when unexpected financial hardship overtook her family
during the 1960s. Annica is a sassy young woman to whom the city
chic of Johannesburg, and the dire warnings of her decorator friend
Harry, still cling like French perfume as she is dumped
unceremoniously in the dark, on a pile of blackjacks. She has to
adapt and make a home for her baby daughter and aging husband
amidst boreholes, long drops and Aga stoves. She comes to terms
with her neighbours, Joshua, a practising Sangoma, and Ben, a
Jewish pig farmer; is educated in the ways of the Practical by her
indomitable maid May; and comes of age through her determined
efforts to create things of beauty amidst the khakibos - a lawn and
poetry. She even restores the family fortune by engaging in a
lucrative and uniquely South African venture. Part 60s chick lit
and part Madam and Eve, There are Ants in My Sugar will have you
chuckling all the way to its joyous conclusion; even in 1960s South
Africa, there was some justice for all.
Thomas Stein Publishing
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