It is 1993. South Africa is on the brink of total transformation and in Walmer Estate, a busy suburb on the vertiginous slopes of Devil’s Peak, fourteen-year-old Alia Dawood- clumsy, combative, given to big speeches and a terrible dress-sense – is about to undergo a transformation of her own. She watches with fascination and fear as the national drama unfolds and longs to be a part of what she knows to be history-in-the-making. And in the months before the election, her intense, radical Uncle Waleed reappears, forcing her parents and sister Nasreen to confront his subversive and dangerous past… read more.
“ A novel that is sharp in its insights yet warm in feeling.“
- JM Coetzee
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