Sunday, August 5, 2018

Review: Love Interrupted

Love Interrupted Love Interrupted by Reneilwe Malatji
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This collection focuses on stories of present-day women in South Africa - careers, relationship, family. I found the women to be vibrant and their situations to be a combination of frustrating and hopeful - just like real life.

Frequent themes include polygamy (and always the men, of course) and the general absence of men. Daughters and sons are unusual if they still have their fathers, and there are a lot of single working mothers in these stories.

The setting feels similar to America in the sense of "official" racism being over, leaving the white people (mostly Dutch/Afrikaans, in this set) to believe everything is okay while they perpetuate the systematic racism. There are still very low ceilings on the actual African women for career, education, and expectation. Those who try to move beyond the traditional roles face additional challenges in their own communities. I felt like I was seeing into a world I hadn't really seen.

Thanks to the publisher for providing early access to this title through Edelweiss. It comes out August 7, 2018.

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