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Grace

R250.00

Barbara Boswell

Family secrets run deep for Grace, a young girl growing up in Cape Town during the 1980s, spilling over into adulthood, and threating to ruin the respectable life she has built for herself. When an old childhood friend reappears, Grace’s memories of her childhood come rushing back, and she is confronted, once again, with the loss that has shaped her. The novel is permeated with the long shadow cast by personal trauma, violence and loss on people’s lives.

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Family secrets run deep for Grace, a young girl growing up in Cape Town during the 1980s, spilling over into adulthood, and threating to ruin the respectable life she has built for herself. When an old childhood friend reappears, Grace’s memories of her childhood come rushing back, and she is confronted, once again, with the loss that has shaped her. The novel is permeated with the long shadow cast by personal trauma, violence and loss on people’s lives.

“Elegant prose and subtle narration propel Grace’s story into the future while frequently and seamlessly pulling it into the past. Secrets and lies pulse through the story like the southeaster on the Western Cape landscape. The main characters may be Coloured and South African but Boswell shows readers that love, family and attendant relationships are not uncomplicated concepts.”
Makhosazana Xaba

“As writers we consciously avoid being didactic but we are undoubtedly transmitters of messages. The ones in Barbara’s novel / Grace that impacted most are around the complexity of mother-daughter and intimate romantic relationship patterns…that familiar minefield we are all called to navigate over time, towards selfhood.”
Malika Ndlovu

Barbara Boswell

Barbara Boswell

Born in Cape Town, Barbara Boswell teaches English Literary Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, where she specialises in Black and African women’s literature. She has published a number of articles on Black women’s writing and is currently writing a history of Black South African women’ s literature during and after apartheid. Barbara has a PhD in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, and and has taught Gender Studies and African women’s literature at the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in the USA, as well as the Universities of Cape Town (UCT) and the Western Cape (UWC). She believes in writing as a feminist and spiritual practice and is interested in the ways art can heal trauma.

Photograph by Lauren Mulligan