MOTHER TO MOTHER by Sindiwe Magona

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This powerful novel starts with a 1993 incident in South African history: Fulbright scholar Amy Elizabeth Biehl, in Capetown to help organize elections, was killed in the black township of Guguletu. The killer's mother, Mandisa, addresses herself to the mother of the dead girl, gives a compelling account of the harrowing life of Africans in the townships.

"The intense cry of sympathy and pain aroused by an all-too-actual tragedy. . . . Risky and honest, Mother to Mother raises a host of hard questions and, for all its compassion, resists consoling answers. I admire it immensely."
—Rosellen Brown, author of Before and After

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Sindiwe Magona holds a master's degree from Columbia University. She is the author of two memoirs and two story collections, as well as the novel Mother to Mother (Beacon / 0949-0 / $14.00 pb). She lives in New York City, where she works for the United Nations. She has contributed to The New York Times and has been anthologized in Under African Skies.
Published September 10, 1999 by Beacon Press. 216 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Fiction

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A black South African writer, now New York—based, debuts with a novel that, as it seeks to explain the real-life 1993 murder of young American Amy Biehl, is often more an angry indictment of apartheid (justified) and of whites in general (less justified).

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The senseless killing of Amy Biehl, a young Fulbright scholar who had gone to South Africa to help residents prepare for the first democratic elections in the history of that country, is the basis for

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Although Magona's pacing seems irritatingly slow at times, the mood becomes taut as Mxolisi and Amy approach their moment of destiny in this chilling and ingenious docudrama, a noteworthy American debut for a writer whose work has received well-deserved praise in her own country.

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Subsequent to the killing of Amy Biehl, the death knoll for apartheid – which had been slowly but steadily ringing for decades – increased in volume to the point that it no longer was a “knoll” but a toyi toyi, the martial dance which symbolized the determination of South Africa’s majority black ...

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