By Nadia Davids
"It is 1993. South Africa is on the point of overall transformation and in Walmer property, a hectic suburb at the slopes of Devil's height, fourteen-year-old Alia Dawood is set to suffer a change of her personal. She watches with fascination and worry because the nationwide drama unfolds, longing to be part of what she is aware to be heritage within the making. As her innovative aspirations increase within the months ahead of the elections, her excessive, radical Uncle Waleed reappears, forcing her mom and dad and sister Nasreen to confront his subversive and unsafe earlier. Nadia David's first novel strikes throughout generations and groups, during the suburbs to town centre, from the luxurious gardens of personal faculties to the dingy bars of Observatory, from landmark mosques and church buildings to the manic procession of the Cape Carnival, via evictions, rebellions, political assassinations and primary loves. The e-book areas one family's tale on the middle of a country's rebirth and interrogates problems with religion, race, belonging and freedom." -- Publisher's website. Read more...
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You can’t go on buying plane tickets forever, treating your life at home as if it’s dead time between vacations, always living in anticipation of being with somebody somewhere else. At a certain point you want to wake up with your head on your own pillow and have that somebody be snoozing right next to you. That’s what I always assumed would happen, anyway, and it catches me by surprise to be alone at this age. In my twenties and thirties I figured I would find someone as full of wanderlust as I am, and we’d intersperse our forays into foreign cultures with intimate nights at home, making risotto and pulling out a special bottle of Italian wine on a regular Tuesday.
He demonstrates how to take care of our private business in the great outdoors. I didn’t expect this to be quite so Outdoors 101; I thought we’d be rappelling one another off of cliffs by now. Dennis amusingly picks a nice view and pantomimes digging a hole and wiping with a pinecone or a rock. Then he tells us that under no circumstances are we allowed to bring toilet paper along with us. He says he’s going to sort through our personal possessions, too, to make sure we aren’t carrying any other contraband—drugs, cigarettes, hair gel.
There was the guy who pulled over on the side of the road and told me his ex-wife had a temporary restraining order against him and he’d spent time in Atascadero—not a nice hotel in Carmel, ha ha, but the California facility for the criminally insane. And the chef who got so drunk he actually left skid marks on my couch. In the midst of telling these stories, which always vastly amuse my friends—the worse the date, the better, as far as the retelling is concerned—I pause and see that no one in this group, not even Tina, is laughing.
An imperfect blessing by Nadia Davids