South Africa / 1987
This is a book of short stories about identity, family, and coming of age as a Coloured woman in Cape Town during Apartheid. Wicomb's stories are highly personal and her writing is so laced with beauty and depth. It's a beautiful book. Toni Morrison called it "Seductive, brilliant, and precious." My favorite part about this collection of stories is Wicomb's discussion of the culture and identity of the Coloured people in Cape Town. This is a discussion that I don't think gets had often enough. Their history, culture, and language is so incredibly interesting and worth looking into.