"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."
Review by Leila Green
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 event; it's a hypothetical letter from Mxolisi's mother to Amy's mother. Mxolisi's mother aims to answer the key question: why was Amy killed? The reasons dig deep into history. 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. 5/5 stars.