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On a winter's morning in 1949, in an empty field north of the city
of Johannesburg, the lifeless body of a beautiful young girl was
found by a passer by. She was identified as Bubbles Schroeder, 18,
and she appeared to have been strangled. This is her story. Born in
the poorer part of the small town of Lichtenburg, Bubbles grows up
with a bitter mother who takes in laundry to make ends meet and a
dull-witted aunt. She has never known her father. Bubbles dreams of
a better life for herself and she constructs an alluring fantasy
world, a world of furs and jewels and Chanel No 5, where handsome
men whirl her around a dance floor and send her roses. At 16 she
moves to Vereeniging to work in a coal agency and is befriended by
the sophisticated Winifred Walker. Winnie teaches Bubbles some
social graces, giving her a veneer of sophistication, and, most
importantly, she introduces her to erotic love. Bubbles soon moves
on to Johannesburg where she is taken under the wing of a tawdry,
middle-aged bookie, Barry, who continues her education, though not
in the direction Winnie would have imagined. Barry teaches her
tricks to beguile a man. He also introduces her to a social set of
wealthy young men who find her captivating and. introduce her to
their friends. Bubbles sees her fantasy world within her reach. She
is convinced that the perfect beau is about to swoop in and 'carry
her away' to a grand home and a life of fun and luxury. 'Don't go
thinking you're one of them', Barry warns her, but it is too late.
Out of her depth and completely misreading how high society works,
Bubbles finds herself in a situation she can't control. The world
to which she aspires turns menacing and, ultimately, fatal. Rahla
Xenopoulos's novel is a fictional account of what might have been
the life and death of Bubbles Schroeder whose murder has never been
solved. Taking her cues from what little is known of the real
Bubbles, she has imagined a charming ing nue and given her a voice
that is at once delightful and tragic.
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