Miriam's Song by Mark Mathabane
A Memoir

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The powerful memoir of a young black woman coming of age in South Africa amid the violence of apartheid, beautifully written by her brother, the bestselling author of "Kaffir Boy." Mark Mathabane first came to prominence with the publication of "Kaffir Boy," which became a New York Times bestseller. His story of growing up in South Africa was one of the most riveting accounts of life under apartheid. Mathabane's newest book, "Miriam's Song," is the story of Mark's sister, who was left behind in South Africa. It is the gripping tale of a woman -- representative of an entire generation -- who came of age amid the violence and rebellion of the 1980s and finally saw the destruction of apartheid and the birth of a new and democratic South Africa. Mathabane writes in Miriam's voice, based on stories she told him, but he has re-created her unforgettable experience as only someone who also lived through it could. The immediacy of the hardships that brother and sister endured -- from daily school beatings to near-overwhelming poverty -- is balanced by the beauty of their childhood observations and the true affection that they have for each other. Miriam emerges as both an innocent child drawn into the war against apartheid and a strong woman forever changed by the struggles, brutality, and politics of the world around her; Mark emerges once more as a writer of extraordinary ability, sensitivity, and insight. "Miriam's Song" is memoir writing at its finest. With its courage, determination, resilience, hope, and faith, it is a truly inspirational story, spectacularly told.

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Mark Mathabane is a bestselling author and lecturer whose book Kaffir Boy raised national consciousness about the horrors of apartheid in South Africa. He has been a White House Fellow during the Clinton Administration and continues to write books and articles about education, race relations, social justice, and human rights abuses around the world. He lives in North Carolina with his extended family.
Published June 12, 2001 by Free Press. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Born in 1969 and raised in Alexandria, a sprawling black township to the north of Johannesburg, Miriam offers vivid details of township life: the food eaten (a whole chicken was an undreamed-of luxury), the small houses (spotless despite the number of people living in them), and the ubiquitous sc...

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