“Dad thinks lots of things are right-wing. He even thinks He-Man is
right-wing. I ask Dad who we are and he says left-wing. Left is
opposite to right. If right is bad, then we’re the opposite of that,
which means we’re good.”
It’s post-independence Zimbabwe and an atmosphere of nostalgia
hangs over much of Harare’s remaining white community. Hayden
Eastwood grows up in a family that sets itself apart, distinguishing
themselves from Rhodie-Rhodies through their politics: left is
good; right is bad.
Within the family’s free and easy approach to life, Hayden and his
younger brother, Dan, make a pact to never grow up, to play hide
and seek and build forts forever, and to never, ever be interested
in girls. But as Hayden and Dan develop as teenagers, and the
chemicals of adolescence begin to stir, their childhood pact starts
to unravel. And with the arrival of Sarah into their lives, the two
brothers find themselves embroiled in an unspoken love triangle.
While Sarah and Hayden spend increasing amounts of time
together, Dan is left to deal with feelings of rejection and the
burden of hidden passion alone, and the demise of a silly promise
brings with it a wave of destruction.
Laced with humour, anger and sadness, Like Sodium in Water is an
account of a family in crisis and an exploration of how we only
abandon the lies we tell ourselves when we have no other option.
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