Tiah Marie Beautement, better known in South African literary circles for her tireless work on Short Story Day Africa with Rachel Zadok, has a new book out, it’s her second novel and it’s titled This Day.
Tiah was born and raised in small town Oregon in the USA. Her university education was spread between St Mary’s in California and University of Cape Town. After graduation she found herself in the UK, picking up a South African husband, two children and a second citizenship (UK). In 2008 she moved to South Africa with her family. They live in the southern Cape on the Garden Route, with their dog, Orwell and a small flock of chickens all named Eva. She splits her time between writing, running writing workshops for children and as co-organiser of Short Story Day Africa with Rachel Zadok. Tiah’s short stories can be found scattered over the internet and in various magazines and anthologies. Tiah will be at the Open Book Festival this year, check out the programme when it goes live to see where and when.
More about This Day
“This day is no more significant than the one before, or the one before that. Little progress, if any, seems to be made. Yet, I keep trying, pushing, as if working towards something, even if that something cannot be named.”
Loss has left Ella Spinner alone to care for her husband, Bart, who suffers from clinical depression. Their days now echo the tides: any progress made, rolls back. Yet Ella keeps pushing against the monotony. Set in Mossel Bay, Ella’s day begins like any other. But on this day the minutes begin to crack allowing change to filter through. As we cheer on her tenacity, we’re left asking ourselves what motivates anyone to try again.
Sarah Lotz has this to say about Tiah’s novel:
A searing and sensitive exploration of grief and loss, This Day held me in its thrall in one sitting and will haunt me for a long time. The writing is pitch-perfect, beautifully crafted, and full of acute and witty observations.
and Rachel Zadok says: A poignant exploration of the ways we deal with loss
- This Day by Tiah Marie Beautement
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