- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (October 6, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425281043
- ISBN-13: 978-0425281048
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,076,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Another Woman's Daughter (U.S edition) Paperback – October 6, 2015
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About the Author
Growing up in a publisher’s home in South Africa meant that Fiona Sussman fell in love with language and the written word at an early age. Her house was always filled with manuscripts, books, and colorful authors. This was during the apartheid era, and witnessing the brutal regime at work sensitized her to the issues of injustice and racial prejudice—experiences that would inform much of her early writing. However, the illness and untimely death of her father would see her change direction and pursue a career in medicine. In 1989, she emigrated from South Africa to New Zealand, where she went on to work as a general practitioner. While she found practicing medicine immensely satisfying, she still hankered after the literary world of her childhood. Finally, after some years, the call to write became too great, so she hung up her stethoscope and began to write in earnest. She currently lives in rural Auckland with her family and three pets—a Labrador, a boxer, and an adopted chicken. When not juggling life with two teenagers, or working alongside her husband to manage the charity hospital they have established, she writes and loves it!
Another Woman’s Daughter is her first novel.
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Top customer reviews
Miriam doesn't like her life in England very much. She stands out and people aren't always friendly to her. She also misses her mother. She tries to live her life, but she doesn't feel complete. That's why she eventually decides to go back to South Africa to look for her roots.
Shifting Colours is an impressive story about a mother and a daughter who are separated. Celia has to make a difficult decision and she does that out of love, which is awful and beautiful at the same time. The situation in South Africa is scary, she fears for her daughter, and I could totally imagine that. It must be really hard to live in a country that has such strong foundations based on inequality. I felt so bad for her and for everything she had to go through. I wanted Miriam to be safe, but my heart broke when they were separated.
I highly recommend this great novel. The writing is really good, it makes the reader feel everything that's going on so well. There are two voices, Miriam's and Celia's. I think that they were cleverly intertwined. I immediately loved both of their personalities. I cared for them and that made me feel emotionally attached to the story straight away. It left such a deep impression on me. I highly recommend this book, it's absolutely brilliant.
Celia Mphephu is a black servant working for a family in the white suburbs in 1960's Johannesburg. She is supporting her family who lives far away and raising her youngest child, Miriam. As racial tensions explode in South Africa, Celia agrees to allow her employers to adopt her daughter and take her to England with them. In alternating chapters, we follow Miriam as she struggles with racism in England and missing her mother, "Mme." We also follow Celia in her continued struggles surviving through the awful violence during apartheid and longing to see her daughter again.
I instantly loved Celia and felt her pain as a mother trying to find a way to remember every detail of her beautiful little girl before she had to say goodbye to her. Understanding it was the best chance her daughter would have at a decent life. My heart ached for Miriam as she yearned to see her mother again, trying to understand why she wasn't with her anymore. I found myself turning pages and wiping tears as I followed their struggles. This book is about love, betrayal, forgiveness, pain-both physical and emotional and hope. This book had it all and is one of the best books I have read this year. I will be recommending this one to all my friends.
I received this book free through Goodreads first reads in exchange for my honest review. This is my honest review of Another Woman's Daughter