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Hortensia James and Marion Agostino are neighbours. One is black, one white. Both are successful women with impressive careers. Both have recently been widowed. And both are sworn enemies, sharing hedge and hostility and pruning both with a vim and zeal that belies the fact that they are over eighty.

 

But one day an unforeseen event forces the women together. And gradually the bickering and sniping softens into lively debate, and from there into memories shared. But could these sparks of connection ever transform into friendship? Or is it too late to expect these two to change?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A tale of a rivalry between two well-to-do widows and next-door-neighbors in South Africa…On the surface…presents a war of wits, but the story also addresses the history of colonialism, slavery, class, and race as tensions come to a head.”

    Time

  • “Omotoso captures the changing racial relations since the 1950s, as well as the immigrant experience through personal detail and small psychological insights into mixed emotions, the artist’s eye, and widow’s remorse. Hers is a fresh voice as adept at evoking the peace of walking up a kopje as the cruelty of South Africa’s past.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of Writers to Watch, Spring 2017 Debuts
  • A Refinery29 Pick of the Most Anticipated Books of 2017
  • Longlisted for the 2017 Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction
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