From Publishers Weekly
For protagonist Ruth Frank, home ground is a small town in South Africa in the 1950s, in the thick of a feuding theatrical family, where her parents play at "Happy Families" with the same fervor and artifice they bring to their professional productions. Freed is at her best when evoking Sarah and Roger Frank's powerful self-delusion and Ruth's painful realization that her parents are "deaf and blind" to their alienation as a family, as Jews in British colonial society and as whites on a turbulent black continent. The author's ear for dialogue is perceptive, as is her depiction of the Franks' pathetic, uneducated, white lower-class neighbors and the desperate squalor and rage of their black servants. Ruth's coming of agefrom eight to 18serves as the framework for the novel, but the narrative is too insubstantial to sustain the 10-year time span. And the underdeveloped motivation for the vicious sibling rivalry between Ruth and her sisters is less than satisfying.
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From Library Journal
Freed made a big splash with this novel, which was selected by the New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year, andAmore importantlyAwas dubbed a "warm, well-constructed novel" by LJ's reviewer. The plot follows the coming of age of protagonist Ruth Frank, a Jewish girl growing up in South Africa, who must deal with her own budding sexuality as well as the antagonistic relationship between the races.
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