Dancing in the Dust: A Novel

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TSAR, Jan 1, 2002 - Fiction - 189 pages
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Is is the turbulent 1980s in apartheid South Africa, when even ordinary life is full of danger and uncertainty. What will tomorrow bring? Tihelo, a thirteen-year-old girl, lives with her older sister Keitumetse and ther mother Kgomotso in a township outside Pretoria. Kgomotso works as a maid for a white household in the city and has to depend on the neighbours to keep an eye on the girls; one day she does not come home. Keitumetse's boyfriend is a young freedom fighter on the run from the police. And Tihelo gets drawn into the "comrades" of the local student freedom organization, risking capture and torture by the dreaded police who make daily raids on the township. Life in this brutalized South Africa holds mysteries of other sorts. What happened to the girls' father? Why is Mma Kleintjie, a partly white "coloured" woman living in the township? Why is Tihelo herself fairer than the rest of of her family?

Dancing in the Dust is a moving story of growing up in a fearful, oppressive society, when the only comfort for the young is dream and romance, and the only free option that of rebellion.

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What a wonderful book. The inner part of it is just so great like nothing else. But I wish I could say the same about the ending though. You could have at least told us what happened to those commorades who were out of the country and also how Tihelo's mother got the letter and the response. They could have at least met.
Nice book though...I liked it


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Kagiso Lesego Molope was born in South Africa in 1976 where she also grew up, before moving to Canada in 1997. Dancing in the Dust is her first novel.

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