A group of African women at a specific period in Southern Africa’s history find their family life under pressure from capitalist modernity and apartheid. This is a deeply humane, sympathetic and generous book on the one hand but is unflinching in its honesty. Ndebele represents a rare breed of writer able to combine political awareness with a sensitivity towards context, language and characterization. The result is a gift offering to the present. This is one of the best books about women’s sacrifices and contributions to the struggle against apartheid.
Professor Njabulo Simakahle Ndebele (born 4 July 1948) is an academic and writer of fiction who is the former Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Cape Town (UCT). On November 16, 2012 he was inaugurated as the Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg. He is currently the chairman of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.