She just sat there hardly moving, staring at the drive. Black marks
formed under her eyes where her lashes bled their waxy coating onto
her skin. Her rouged cheeks were smudged. Mother looked like she
was melting in the heat. Faith leads an isolated existence on her
family's drought stricken farm in the Northern Transvaal of South
Africa. When the rain stopped, her father took to the road as a
travelling salesman, returning only at weekends. Now Faith lives
with her mother Bella and dog Boesman anticipating his visits -
until one day he stops coming and Bella's health begins to go into
rapid decline. Fifteen years later Bella has died incarcerated in
the Sterkfontein asylum for the criminally insane. Faith has not
spoken to her mother for ten years and is on the brink of a
breakdown of her own. Now, with her mother's death, she inherits
the farm and must return to confront the dark mysteries of the
past...In prose as lithe and imaginative as that of Alexandra
Fuller, Rachel Zadok te Riele recreates the voice of a young girl
growing up during the height of apartheid unrest in South Africa.As
Faith struggles to make sense of the complex world in which she
lives and come to terms with the beliefs her society and upbringing
have inculcated in her, what emerges is a richly compelling,
emotionally resonant tale of courage set against the backdrop of a
chaotically divided and deeply beautiful country.
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