Mother to Mother (Sindiwe Magona)

"My son was only an agent, executing the long-simmering dark desires of his race. Burning hatred for the oppressor possessed his being...My son, the blind but sharpened arrow of the wrath of his race."

"My son was only an agent, executing the long-simmering dark desires of his race. Burning hatred for the oppressor possessed his being...My son, the blind but sharpened arrow of the wrath of his race."

South Africa / 1998

In 1993, a White Fulbright scholar named Amy Biehl was murdered by a young man named Mxolisi in a South African township. Mother to Mother is a fictional re-imagination of this actual event. It is a hypothetical letter from the mother of Mxolisi to Amy's mother. In it, Mxolisi's mother expresses her shame surrounding the event and aims to answer the key question: why was Amy killed? This book is phenomenal. It is so touching, yet heartbreaking to see how an innocent boy can become corrupted by poverty, racism, and violence and inevitably fall victim to his circumstances. This quote is just a snippet of the mother's "explanation" for her son's action. This book is about reconciliation, compassion, and ultimately justice. It is near the top of my recommended reads list!

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