Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night (Emerging Voices)
Living Loving and Lying Awake at Night - Emerging Voices Author:Sindiwe Magona Short stories exploring the lives and circumstances of African women in South Africa, all told with insight humor and vitality, this collection is a forceful document of injustices. In the opening story, a woman leaves her mud hut -- and her five young children -- to flee to the misty mountains beyond her village. She had been awake at night, in... more » despair, considering where their next meal would come from. Her move is incomprehensible -- the youngest child is still nursing. Then one comment gives meaning to the whole: "To be a good mother I must leave." Her mother-in-law will take over, she hopes. It is only later that we learn, she has become hired help in a white household to earn money to support her family.
This collection of superb short stories was voted one of Africa's Best 100 Books.« less
This is a collection of short stories brings a full range of South African women's experience to light. From the village mother leaving her children to work; the maid in service to the white medem; the black child raped and murdered; the stories are tragic, triumphant, humorous, and sharp.