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The Way of the Women

by Marlene van Niekerk
£9.99   paperback  Little, Brown Book Group (Abacus) (2008)

The Way of the Women by Marlene van Niekerk Shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Award 2008.
 
How do you speak when then power of speech has been taken away? Milla, condemned to silence by a creeping paralysis, stuggles to communicate with her maidservant and now nurse, Agaat. Proud, contrary, secretly affectionate, the two women, mistress and servant, are a perfect match.
 
Life for white farmers like Milla in the South Africa of the 1950s was full of promise: young and newly married, she would raise children and create her own farm out of a swathe of Cape mountainside. Forty years later her family has fallen apart, the country she knew is on the brink of huge change and all she has left are memories - and Agaat. But as Milla's old white world and its certainties recede, her guardian at last faces the prospect of freedom.

"Voluminous, detailed, momentous... It is an allegory of colonial exploitation, apartheid, and the precarious steps towards reconciliation."
(Independent)
"Fascinating and moving, this is, above all, a love story."
(The Times)

ISBN 13: 9780349120799 | ISBN 10: 034912079x