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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (266 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zakes Mda Narrator: Robin Miles Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1971, 19 citizens of Excelsior, a farming community in South Africa's rural Free States, were charged with breaking apartheid's Immorality Act, which forbade sexual relations between blacks and whites on the pretext of avoiding miscegenation. The women were jailed as they awaited trial and their white counterparts were released on bail. In the end, the state withdrew the charges, but the accused women's lives, already complicated, became harder than ever. Mda tells the story of a family at the heart of the scandal, revealing a country in which apartheid, even as it sought to keep the races apart, concealed interracial liaisons of every kind.

Niki, the fallen Madonna, transgresses boundaries for the sake of love; her choices have profound repercussions in the lives of her black son, Viliki, and her mixed-race daughter, Popi, who come of age in the years after the end of apartheid, when freedom allows them - indeed compels them - to figure out their racial identities for themselves. As the story advances to the present, the mixed society of Excelsior comes to suggest South Africa today, a society far more complex - and more dramatic - than conventional notions of black and white will allow.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nia W | 1/11/2014

    " I adored this book. A little bit of a hard read but it was excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Smith | 1/3/2014

    " Still want to read more....and it's worth a visit to Excelsior: Free State at its best! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cassandra | 9/23/2013

    " A true story about how we set up boundaries in society between certain groups of people, usually around racial lines (this book takes place in South Africa during apartheid) and how utterly useless it is to divide humans. We all belong to each other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by matt | 6/30/2013

    " a bunch of blacks and whites have sex in a barn while a baby crawls around watching and playing with a bottle of alcohol. a mixed baby is born, farts in bed then grows up to run a library "

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