Pub Date 03 Apr 2018
"Matlwa's voice is one we need." --Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
"Matlwa is South Africa's Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie." --Rosie Rowell, The Bookseller
"Written in delicate prose recalling Zinzi Clemmons's What We Lose, this raw, honest work draws readers into Masechaba's South African world." --Library Journal (Starred Review)
When Masechaba finally achieves her childhood dream of becoming a doctor, her ambition is tested as she faces the stark reality of South Africa's public health-care system.
As she leaves her deeply religious mother and makes friends with the politically-minded Nyasha, Masechaba's eyes are opened to the rising xenophobic tension that carries echoes of apartheid.
Battling her inner demons, she must decide if she should take a stand to help her best friend, even if it comes at a high personal cost.
"Tackles more than many books twice its length. Masechaba addresses her diaries to God. And because God knows all, she hides nothing. The pages are raw. This is the best kind of political novel, one where the author allows her characters a full and complicated humanity. Evening Primose's turns of emotion are virtuosic. The novel dances from satire to slapstick to stabbing pain to tentative hope. Matlwa's voice is one we need."
--- Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
"Matlwa is South Africa's Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie"
--- Rosie Rowell, The Bookseller
"A heart-wrenching look at South African society through the eyes of a doctor"