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Instead of inheriting her maternal grandmothe's fair skin, Kathie
Liedeman is born as dark as her Cape Coloured father, a social
disaster in the eyes of her mother and near-white grandmother, Mrs
Fraser. When Kathie's new baby sister Stella is born as light
skinned as Mrs Fraser, the two women rejoice; nothing is going to
stop them propelling Stella into Cape Town's white world, where she
will reap all the rewards of this privileged status. The innocent
young Kathie adores her little sister but has no idea how the birth
of Stella will deeply affect everyone in her father's household.
Marginalised by her mother and grandmother, Kathie grows closer to
her father. Enraged by his mother-in-law's false gentility and
manipulation of his family, he is driven to drink. Kathie is
devastated by his sudden accidental death and feels more and more
alone. But only when Stella is sent to a white school does she
learn with a terrible sense of shock, that she is 'different' from
Stella. While Stella strives to join the white world, Kathie throws
herself into her studies, though she never abandons her sister,
whose painfully convoluted life is finally intertwined with her own
in a most unexpected way. Kathie's life changes when she meets Paul
Mangena, a young black lawyer from the Eastern Province. Drawn into
a world of enlightenment, she shares Paul's utopian dream of a
South Africa in which everyone will have the opportunity to live as
equals. Though bolstered by the hope, the joy, and the intense love
they have for each other, their path is never smooth. They are
cruelly opposed by the unyielding forces of the times, but in spite
of these Kathie remains undaunted. Even as the final cataclysmic
event overwhelms her, she declares, "The future is ours!".
The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
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