Published by Bloomsbury and Penguin, 1990
Short-listed for the David Higham Prize
Set in South Africa in the late seventies, this novel describes the relationship between a white mother and her daughter, locked in a confined and self-absorbed world of domestic tension, until Annemarie starts work at a clinic for blacks.
A brilliant handling of an obsessional mother-daughter relationship … . Her descriptions are achingly acute.
An astonishing debut … swift, deft … expertly told … With a mordant wit, she shows how discrimination can become as natural as breathing, and as unselfconscious.
—Penny Perrick, Sunday Times
A beautifully authentic insight into a society turned in on itself in the face of black deprivation.
Elegant, percipient writing.
—Zoe Heller, Observer